Tijuana reports more than a third of migrants sick with diseases, troubled by lice

Tijuana reports more than a third of migrants sick with diseases, troubled by lice
Caravan migrants hitch a ride heading to Tijuana, Nov 2018. YouTube video, AP via South China Morning Post

[Ed. – U.S. CBP reported the same patterns during the border surge from 2013 to 2015,  Agents caught lice, scabies, and tuberculosis among other problems, as some Mexican health and emergency workers are probably doing now.]

Thousands of migrants marched from Central America to the U.S. border over the last six weeks, but many of them are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues — including HIV.

Of the 6,000 migrants gathered in Tijuana just south of the U.S. border near San Diego, more than a third of them (2,267) are being treated for health-related issues, a spokesman for Tijuana’s Health Department told Fox News.

There are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS and four separate cases of chickenpox, the spokesman said.

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At least 101 migrants have lice and multiple instances of skin infections, the department’s data shows.

There’s also a threat of Hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions, the spokesman said.

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