A detained immigrant has contracted chickenpox in California prison holding 1,000 asylum seekers

A detained immigrant has contracted chickenpox in one of the facilities at the center of Trump’s latest crackdown on asylum seekers.

The person is one of 1,000 immigrants who was recently moved to Victorville, a federal prison complex in California – all of whom were medically screened on entry.

On June 18, officials sent out a warning to 800 staff saying the person had contracted varicella (chickenpox) while behind bars, and was now in isolation, according to a letter obtained by LAist.

The diagnosis came just days after prison workers held a protest calling for more staff at the medical unit.

This was the letter sent to 800 prison staff about the person who has contracted chickenpox

Prison officials have not disclosed how many other immigrants were exposed to the virus, which can spread through touch or breath.  

‘The affected housing unit was secured and medical exams are being conducted for all inmates housed in the unit,’ the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. 

‘Additionally, a specialized cleaning of the housing unit and visiting room were also performed. Visitors are being advised of the situation at the front entrance to the facility.’  

For most, it’s a mild illness leading to itching, blisters and sometimes a high temperature.

It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is highly contagious, usually lasting a week to 10 days.

However, in an estimated one percent of cases, serious complications can develop such as pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), inflammation of the heart and toxic shock, a type of blood poisoning – all usually down to impaired immunity.

Chickenpox symptoms appear 10-21 days after exposure of a person who hasn’t encountered the disease before to someone who has it.

Sufferers are infectious from one day, even before the onset of the rash. 

After contracting chickenpox, the varicella virus stays with the sufferer for the rest of their life, kept under control by their immune system, but hiding in their nerves.

Over time, immunity wanes, and the virus can reactivate causing shingles.

Shingles usually appears as a painful rash in a line on one side of the body with spots that look like chickenpox spots.

It becomes increasingly common with age – particularly past the age of 55.

Older sufferers are also more likely to suffer lingering pain, even after the spots have healed.

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