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US Quarantines Over 2,200 Migrants Amid 'Unprecedented' Disease Outbreaks

16 comments, 236 views, posted 5:12 pm 10/03/2019 in News by REALITY
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As of March 7, US immigration officials have quarantined at least 2,287 migrants carrying everything from mumps to chickenpox, according to Reuters, citing an ICE official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 


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ICE health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018. Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by vaccine. -Reuters


"When there is just one person who is sick, everybody pays," said 19-year-old Christian Mejia, who was put on lockdown in rural Louisiana's Pine Prairie immigration detention center along with hundreds of other detainees. According to internal emails reviewed by Reuters, outbreaks such as the one in Louisiana are difficult to manage, as immigrant detainees are often shuttled around the country, and many diseases don't necessarily show symptoms during the contagious phase. 

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Since January, the 1,094-bed Pine Prairie facility has had 18 detainees with confirmed or probable cases of mumps compared to no cases in 2018, according to ICE. As of mid-February, 288 people were under quarantine at Pine Prairie. Mejia said his quarantine ended on Feb. 25. -Reuters


Disturbingly, emails reveal that the warden at Pine Prairie decided not to quarantine 40 new arrivals from Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi, despite concerns raised by the medical staff. Warden Indalecio Ramos - who referred Reuters' outbreak-related questions to ICE and the GEO Group, which owns the facility - said in a Feb. 7 email that quarantining detainees would prevent them from attending their immigration court hearings. 

Two weeks later, ICE requested that Pine Prairie medical staff clear a quarantined detainee for travel, referring to him as a "high profile removal scheduled for deport." Warden Ramos wrote in an email later that day that medical staff wanted to exclude the detainee from transfer, however "ICE wants him to travel out of the country anyway ... Please ensure he leaves."

An ICE spokesman said that people who have been exposed to diseases but are asymptomatic can travel, while anyone known to be contagious cannot. 

On Feb. 28, ten Democratic members of Congress sent ICE acting director Ronald Vitiello to inquire about viral disease outbreaks at immigration detention centers in Texas, Arizona and Colorado. Pine Prairie outbreak was not mentioned. 

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Pablo Paez, a spokesman for The GEO Group, the private prison operator that runs Pine Prairie under government contract, said its medical professionals follow standards set by ICE and health authorities. He said medical care provided to detainees allows the company “to detect, treat and follow appropriate medical protocols to manage an infectious outbreak.” -Reuters


Of note, while last year's high-profile migrant caravans accounted for a fraction of overall border crossings, in November Fox News reported that out of 6,000 migrants residing in Tijuana, more than 1/3 of them were being treated for health-related issues, including hepatitis, infections, three cases of tuberculosis and four cases of chickenpox. 

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The first cases at Pine Prairie were detected in January in four migrants who had been recently transferred from the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi, according to internal emails.

Tallahatchie, run by private detention company CoreCivic, has had five confirmed cases of mumps and 18 cases of chicken pox since January, according to company spokeswoman Amanda Gilchrist. She said no one who was diagnosed was transferred out of the facility while the disease was active.

Tallahatchie houses hundreds of migrants recently apprehended along the U.S.- Mexico border, ICE officials said. -Reuters


"We are seeing migrants arrive with illnesses and medical conditions in unprecedented numbers," said US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan last Tuesday. He added that changing demographics on the southwest border - which has seen more immigrants from Central America traveling long distances, has raised health concerns and overwhelmed border officials. 

Several other detention centers in other states have also seen a rise in outbreaks. Texas facilities have seen at least 186 cases of mumps since October - the largest outbreak in years among detention centers, according to Texas Department of State Health Services press officer Lara Anton. 

In Colorado, the GEO-Group-run Aurora Contract Detention Facility near Denver has seen 357 people quarantined after eight confirmed and five suspected cases of mumps detected since February - along with six chickenpox cases diagnosed in early January, according to Dr. Bernadette Albanese from the Tri COunty Health Department in Colorado. 

That said, vaccination rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are above 90% according to the CDC, while ICE detainees come from all over the world. 

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6:22 pm 10/03/2019

Flee

I feel like the illness bar is set too low.... Chicken pox? Really?

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6:29 pm 10/03/2019

REALITY

Coming from the tropics I guess you have to test everything.

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6:39 pm 10/03/2019

Flee

Also is that pic going to be another stock photo from 2008 or something?

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6:47 pm 10/03/2019

REALITY

2010.

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8:42 pm 10/03/2019

Quaektem

Quote by Flee:
I feel like the illness bar is set too low.... Chicken pox? Really?


Schools require a vaccination (and the virus is fairly permanent and can lead to shingles later in life).  

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9:41 pm 10/03/2019

Flee

we aren't talking about schools though. I'm not says ng chicken pox is like the common cold, but it isnt that bad of a virus. Before the vaccination for it, people would purposefully expose their children to it.

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9:56 pm 10/03/2019

REALITY

Yes, but they don't know it's chicken pox before they've quarantined and tested for it.

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11:24 pm 10/03/2019

elsels

Chicken pox, measles, and mumps. Chicken pox is very dangerous to pregnant women and babies, as well as the elderly. I had chicken pox at 19- it was horrible, and had mumps as a kid, was sick a dog, the pain was excruciating.

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2:17 am 11/03/2019

Flee

Yea but if.you haven't had chicken pox as a kid you should get the vaccination. After all, this is all about people not being vaccinated.

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2:44 am 11/03/2019

elsels

Chicken pox vaccinations weren't a thing until until late 90s. My older girls born in 90s were not vaccinated against it, and only had them in 2000s. So it stands to reason that people who were born in the 70s and 80s did not get it. How many adults go get vaccinated? If you check your records you are limely missing a bunch of vaccines.

Standard vaccines used to be polio, measles, tetanus, rubella (measles). Even the mumps in MMR was not standard in the 80s.

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2:52 am 11/03/2019

elsels

I forgot Small Pox vaccine. Small Px vaccine was given until the beginning of the 70s. My brothers got it, I didnt.

Either way, even if you were vaccinated as a child, right now it is likely that your vaccinations or no longer protecting and you need a booster.

True Story: everyone got the flu shot this year, and all got the flu. :/ it has been miserable. I think having the shot meant it was a milder flu, but still.

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3:57 pm 13/03/2019

i_am_god

So basically ICE policy of cages and musical detention facilities has caused outbreaks. So splitting up families, losing thousands of kids in the system and the systematic rapes and sexual abuse of kids wasn't enough?
The first thing they should do when they take someone into custody is give them vaccines before putting them around other people. Don't worry they wont get autism from the vaccines.

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4:32 pm 13/03/2019

elsels

They do give vaccines to children. The people are coming in sick, tuberculosis is rampant. The abuse of women and children begins before they arrive in mlst cases anf takes a depraved sick mind to continue it.

Adults can waive the vaccines.

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3:32 am 15/03/2019

Quaektem

Quote by Flee:
we aren't talking about schools though. I'm not says ng chicken pox is like the common cold, but it isnt that bad of a virus. Before the vaccination for it, people would purposefully expose their children to it.



People were idiots. I hope my mother didn't curse me with a disfiguring case of the shingles after the Chicken Pox I endured... everywhere, even the bottom of me feet... for three weeks. THANKS MOM!

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3:39 am 15/03/2019

Quaektem

Quote by elsels:
True Story: everyone got the flu shot this year, and all got the flu. :/ it has been miserable. I think having the shot meant it was a milder flu, but still.



This has been a very bad year for illness. My kids have missed an average of 20 days each, and only three of us got the flue (I missed two days of work). In our area there is the nauseous/pukey thing, the achy thing, the fever dizzy thing, the 'makes your intercostal muscles hurt when you breath' thing, and the 'I feel like I'm going to die if I have to go to school' thing... which I was too sick to argue with at the time.

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2:00 pm 15/03/2019

elsels

Sorry, I hope everyone starts feeling better soon. I still have my head full of gunk, feel like I am breathing under water. This is now a week thing.

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