Swine Flu: Illegal Immigrant Child Hospitalized With H1N1

Tara Dodrill - Author

Nov. 23 2017, Updated 4:01 a.m. ET

Swine flu was just diagnosed in at least one illegal immigrant child being housed in government facilities along the Mexican border. The case in Texas has prompted the transportation of 2,000 vaccines to Lackland Air Force Base to treat all military personnel, civilian staffer, and illegal immigrants who may have been exposed.

The young children was diagnosed with Swine Flu after being moved form a holding facility along the southern United States border. He reportedly showed signs of the H1N1 virus and had to be hospitalized.

Texas Representative Louie Gohmert had this to say about the sick illegal immigrant child:

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“We are told the sick child was feverish for several days before being sent for medical treatment. Having spent the weekend on our border, I can tell you that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is not taking charge of the undocumented children in any kind of reasonable time frame as they are absolutely required to do.”
The H1N1 diagnosis appears to coincide with concerns U.S. Border Control and local health officials fears that those crossing the border illegally are not being properly screened before being placed in holding facilities and mingling with the public.

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The illegal immigrant child stricken with Swine Flu as reportedly been described as being “extremely ill” before being sent to the hospital. The little boy spent several days in close quarters with others who broke federal law when they entered American. The first stages of the virus are the most contagious, according to health officials. In 2009 the H1N1 virus prompted a global pandemic panic. An increase in reported cases is also causing concern this year, according to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) officials.

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Last week the CDC deferred all media questions related to the recent surge of illegal immigrants along the Mexican border to the HHS. Kenneth Wolfe, the deputy public affairs director at the federal agency has yet to respond such questions with a comment. Wolfe told The Blaze that all unaccompanied illegal immigrant children are medically screened before they leave the custody of U.S. Border Control agents.

The virus was dubbed Swine Flu because it was similar to viruses found in pigs are circulates in pigs. Symptoms of H1N1 are extremely similar to seasonal flu symptom and spreads in largely the same fashion. Vaccines are thought to protect humans against the virus.

Do you think Swine Flu could reach pandemic status due to the massive influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border?

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