[Ed. – Recall that BP agents dealing with illegals have already caught scabies and chicken pox, and become infested with lice. Medical workers have probably contracted scarlet fever and TB from illegals. This is a real problem. The workers in airports taking the temperatures of passengers arriving from Africa could have the same concern. The stupidity and lack of preparedness is mind-boggling. Emphasis added.]
U.S. Border Patrol agents say an incident along the Texas-Mexico border Wednesday night is a clear warning that they are not prepared to deal with the threat of people infected with Ebola and other communicable diseases trying to cross into the United States.
Agents in the Rio Grande Valley border sector apprehended a man from the eastern African nation of Eritrea who was trying to cross illegally into the U.S.
Agents told TheBlaze it isn’t the first time they’ve apprehended someone from Africa or “special interest aliens” – persons from nations with known terrorist ties – trying to cross the border. But in this case, the potential for disease, not terrorism, was their primary concern.
There have been no reported cases of Ebola virus in Eritrea; the outbreak has been limited to the West Africa countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with individual cases diagnosed in Spain and the United States.
But Border Patrol agents with knowledge of the man’s apprehension told TheBlaze the case illustrates a major problem: There are no real protocols in place to handle people at the border coming from nations dealing with Ebola or outbreaks of other infectious diseases.
Albert Spratte, a Border Patrol agent and union representative with the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley sector, said there is enormous concern among agents about the lack of information and education regarding the Ebola crisis.