Officials Tuesday said test results were waiting to confirm five suspected cases of mumps among inmates in Bergen County Prison, which led to a shutdown of the plant.
"The New Jersey Department of Health is aware of five people suspected of having hemp at this facility in Bergen County," said Prime Minister Health Service spokeswoman Dawn Thomas. "The department works with local health departments in Bergen County on this ongoing study."
No further prisoners or immigrant prisoners were admitted to prison, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton told reporters at a press conference. The authorities worked with courts and other prisons to temporarily detain home. Visits were allowed to continue, but without direct contact with prisoners.
"At present, our prison is in a full decommissioning position," the Sheriff said. "It's quarantine."
All the suspected cases were among the facility's general population, according to County Executive James Tedesco.
"Pump outbreaks are not uncommon in corrective settings," Tedesco said.
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Cases were "clinically diagnosed" cases among prison detainees, according to Derek Sands, Chief of Staff at Bergen County Sheriff's Office, who runs the Hackensack facility.
"While the cases have been diagnosed, the tests have not yet been confirmed," says Sands. Hope symptoms may include soft cheeks and sore, raised jaw along with fever and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease is spread by direct contact with saliva or respiratory drops.
About 1,000 people were infected with the disease from January 1 to May 24, according to reports from the CDC.
In addition to keeping persons with criminal cases, the 1,150-bed facility also houses prisoners for federal immigration and customs officials.
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