Contagion: Is It More Possible Now Than Ever In the United States?
“Medical Staff Warned Keep Your Mouths Shut About Illegal Immigrants or Face Arrest”.
“A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas” (Starnes, 2014).
This article is not a discussion on immigration policies, but about the possible threats, this country is facing. Unfortunately, the current situation is one that we can only react too. There is no going back and changing the facts. The real world situation is what it is and it has to be dealt with going forward. Everyone of us has to deal with it, and prepare accordingly.
Children and some adults are streaming across the border literally by the thousands right now. Some people are calling them refugees. Many are fleeing violence, oppression and famine.
The facts or the reasons vary depending on who is telling the story, but right now, the reasons are less important than the fact that they are here. The question is now, what deadly diseases have come with the children and what should we all do to prepare.
No one really knows why they are fleeing, other than the conditions from where they came are much worse than in the U.S. Most of the children according to reports are being smuggled from Honduras, Guatemala and other South American countries.
What Diseases Are They Bringing With Them
Other than the financial strain and the burden on law enforcement, there is another reason for concern. Diseases, some that medical professionals had thought were wiped out, may now emerge again.
Many if not most of the children now arriving at the border have never been vaccinated against many of the life threatening diseases in the world. What is most frightening is that the children and others are not being processed through any medical facilities first to determine if they are carrying any contagious diseases.
Tuberculosis, MERES, SARS, polio, swine flu, scabies, chickenpox, smallpox, measles virus, rubella and whooping cough are just a few that can be brought into this country and spread throughout the country in just a matter of days.