The Daily Wire is reporting that nearly one-third of the migrants in the caravan are sick with respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chicken pox and 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. 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. The thousands of migrants are being sheltered at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry, despite the place being capable of providing for 1,000 people. The location also has only 35 portable bathrooms. A sign reading “No Spitting” was put up, as coughing and spitting by migrants are rampant in the shelter.
The mayor of Tijuana says the city is spending over $30,000 per day to care for the immigrants and can’t continue to do so.
It’s not entirely surprising that many of the people are sick as they come from very poor countries with no health care but this should concern the United States, especially since people aren’t vaccinating their children. Several states have seen outbreaks in chicken pox and measles among children due to vaccine exemptions provided to parents who refuse to immunize their children.