Over the weekend two additional cases of the swine flu (H1N1) virus were confirmed among Central American illegal immigrant minors being detained in South Texas, and two more were found to be exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” compounding anxieties over communicable diseases being spread within the meager confines of overloaded detention facilities.
In addition to the confirmed case in San Antonio last week, on Saturday, KGBT confirmed via a Border Patrol Union representative that two more cases of the H1N1 virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in Brownsville, Texas.
Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council #3307, “said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities,” reports KGBT.
Cabrera also divulged approximately 120 people were being isolated due to exposure with the afflicted juveniles.
On Sunday, Cabrera revealed two more children at a Border Patrol station in Brownsville were also isolated after exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” however, H1N1 in those cases has not been confirmed.
“If someone is released and they are symptomatic, it could spread rapidly” Cabrera warned. “It’s contagious, we are transporting people to different parts of the state and different parts of the country,” he also expressed earlier this month, referring to the practice of transporting immigrants to other parts of the country.
With reports of sickness spreading in detention facilities, many contend the immigrant surge poses a serious risk to public health. Last week, we learned at least one H1N1 diagnosis cropped up at the makeshift immigrant processing center at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
On Friday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) also disclosed some Central American detainees were found to be harboring diseases such as tuberculosis, scabies and chicken pox, and that “according to Border Patrol, 4 or 5 of their agents have tested positive for those diseases.”
There are also increased worries immigrants hailing from Honduras could be infected with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus.
“Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities ridden with poor hygiene,” Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet told Breitbart News last week, adding, “this is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak.”
With about 52,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended since October, border agents are at wit’s end processing, transporting, feeding and housing the immigrant surge. Along with the threat of dangerous gang members, agents are now also putting their lives on the line, screening, isolating and treating sick detainees with potentially deadly illnesses.
Despite numerous warnings of an impending health crisis, immigrants are still being sent to other parts of the country and government agencies still refuse to acknowledge the threat posed to public health.
As we reported Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the governmental health agency that is “monitoring H1N1 in the U.S.,” has all but ignored border agents’ pleas for help containing the spread of disease.