The state Health Department is praising officials at the Torrance County Detention Facility for helping to contain a mumps outbreak.
“They communicated with DOH early and implemented our recommendations to control the outbreak,” state epidemiologist Chad Smelser said of an investigation into seven cases at the facility.
Smelser said an outbreak of the mumps in New Mexico is a rare thing, but cases have been on the rise in the past couple of years.
“Up until last year, we usually had one or two sporadic cases,” he said. “Last year, we had six. This year, we’ve had 37.”
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