Monday, July 21, 2014


Many conservatives have been warning for years about the diseases immigrants bring with them and this offers a little push back on that meme:
County says immigrant kids pose minimal health risk

July 18, 2014 8:00 pm • By Jamar Younger
Arizona Daily Star

The undocumented Central American children passing through a processing center in Nogales and staying in Tucson pose a very low health risk to county residents, according to a memo from county health officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chief Raleigh Leonard, the federally designated incident commander for the area, told Garcia that federal officials did not have any health concerns regarding the health and well-being of the children in Nogales, who are held at the facility for three days.

While at the facility, the children undergo a medical evaluation that includes multiple vaccinations, a brief behavioral assessment and a pregnancy test.
UPDATE: Some data -
As final migrant kids leave Nogales, officials say they are in good health
Mariana Dale, The Republic | 10:53 p.m. MST July 18, 2014

"I have a 4- and 8-year-old," said Pima County Health Director Francisco Garcia, who produced a report for the county. "The kinds of things these kids have are the kinds of things my kids get at school."

All children processed in Nogales receive vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella, pertussis (whooping cough) and diphtheria, influenza and meningococcus. Of the more than 4,000 children processed at the Nogales facility, there have been two cases of influenza, two cases of chicken pox and one case of tuberculosis, according Garcia's report.

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