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Tag: infectious diseases

Border Patrol Union: Central American Immigrants Bringing Scabies to U.S. , Exposes Agent

Itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol union said at least one agent has contracted scabies, a mite-borne skin infection that is coming into U.S. via illegal immigrant minors, Fox News reports.

“Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue to ignore recommendations,” Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the San Diego chapter, wrote to a top California Border Patrol official in a July 4 letter.

The union is worried about a larger infection as Central American families continue to flood the border.

The agent who contracted scabies was doing medical screening despite having no experience as a medical professional.

“He observed several people with open sores and which he recorded on the questionnaire,” Zermeno said. “He was not told about any precautions to take such as decontamination of himself and uniform. This demonstrates that we are not properly trained to identify infectious disease and to properly respond when we suspect a disease.”

Texas Congressman Witnesses Overcrowding of Illegal Immigrants – Mostly Children – at Border Patrol Station

Rep. Henry Cuellar

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas congressman refused to be kept out of the McAllen Border Patrol station where about 1,000 illegal immigrants, primarily children, in squalid, cramped conditions, the Blaze reports.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, said the immigrants are squeezed into the facility, and many have infectious diseases like tuberculosis, chickenpox and scabies.

“I’ve been saying, ‘Use the nonprofits, use the churches don’t just use the taxpayers’ dollars to take care of these young kids,’” Cuellar said. “[President Barack Obama] still has a long way to go to improve this. Don’t just listen to the words of the bureaucrats up there in Washington, listen to the men and women that work here. The men and women of the Border Patrol know what’s going on here.”

Cuellar said he talked to some of the children in the holding area and blamed failed immigration laws on the problem.