Infectious disease in flood of undocumented immigrants ‘not being taken seriously’
by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, June 30, 2014
As tens of thousands of migrants and refugees illegally pour across the southwest border they are bringing with them a host of diseases that have long been eradicated in the United States, and that should be worrying Americans.
As Breitbart Texas reported recently, there has already been a confirmed case of H1N1, or Swine Flu, at a facility for younger migrants in San Antonio, but other diseases such as measles, chicken pox and HIV are either here already or are believed to be on their way.
Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says the child with Swine Flu came across the border unaccompanied. He told CBS DFW the child is currently recovering and officials are trying to screen others for the disease.
“That tells you that when you’ve got kids coming in from some of these countries where they don’t have great health systems, we gotta watch out,” Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), told the local CBS affiliate.
Dr. Elizabeth Vliet, a renowned physician and nationally recognized expert, said in an interview with Breitbart Texas that the risks from these diseases and others are being dramatically downplayed.
“Many people are trying to diminish the seriousness of this. They say, ‘We have these diseases in the U.S.’ Well yes, we do, but they’ve been well controlled, we have good hygiene, and most of our parents keep children home when they’re sick,” she said.