According to a report by Action 4 News, about 10-15 percent of apprehended illegal immigrants have scabies in the RGV [Rio Grande Valley] area. “A lot of people [are] coming in with the disease, and it seems to be spreading, not just within the McAllen [TX] station, but throughout the Valley and to some of our agents,” Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, told the local media outlet. …
Sharp increases in illegal immigration into the U.S. this year has caused processing facilities to become overcrowded–
Overcrowding has made it difficult to identify and quarantine infected detainees. Many are concerned that scabies and other illnesses may be passed onto the general public.
Hidalgo County Health Department director Eddie Olivarez told Action 4 News that many illegal immigrants are likely contracting scabies in human stash houses, as they make their journey into the U.S. “The situation is that probably in the stash houses on the Mexican side or even on the U.S. side those stash houses are probably infected with this particular illness,” he said.
Texas-based human stash houses, sometimes containing hundreds of illegal immigrants, could pose disease-related threats to surrounding U.S. citizens. Sometimes, such houses are located near children. Early in May, Breitbart Texas reported on a large human stash house busted across from a Texas day care.
While the RGV Border Patrol sector has not confirmed the exact number of detainees or agents with scabies, an investigation is reportedly being launched into the matter.