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Border Patrol Working to Stop Sickness at the Border
YOU'RE LOOKING AT JUST ONE OF 26 LARGE GROUPS OF OVER 100 PEOPLE ILLEGALLY CROSSING OVER INTO THE UNITED STATES. ANTUNEZ says: “We haven't seen these types of numbers in that area in a while." THESE ARE SNAPSHOTS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING NEAR THE ANTELOPE WELLS PORTS OF ENTRY IN NEW MEXICO. STILL IT'S NOT EVERY DAY BORDER PATROL COMES INTO CONTACT WITH AN IMMIGRANT WITH AN ILLNESS AS SEVERE AS FLESH EATING BACTERIA. ANTUNEZ says: "We're seeing for example, chickenpox, different strands of influenza, syphilis, scabies. This is something that we see with the illegal aliens, and we have to provide treatment for them." US BORDER PATROL AGENT CARLOS ANTUNEZ TELLS ME ANY IMMIGRANT, ADULT OR MINOR, GETS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHEN SICK. ANTUNEZ says: "If they need medical attention, they get transported to a local hospital. You know they wear gloves and masks to protect themselves." BUT CAN DISEASES SPREAD FROM IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE COMING IN WITH SICKNESS? THE TEMP PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK DR. MARK LUSK SAYS THERE’S NOT A CHANCE. LUSK says: "I've been studying the migrants who have been coming from Central America and Mexico for the last 11 years. The evidence (is) not reporting that exotic diseases are coming in from the south." LUSK SAYS WE SHOULDN'T BE WORRIED ABOUT EXOTIC DISEASES BECOMING A PROBLEM. LUSK says: "Exotic diseases such as you know the ones we worry about that happen in (other) countries, such as Ebola, those are not being reported in this population." BORDER PATROL SAID IT DOESN'T FEEL DISEASES SPREADING ARE AN ISSUE, EITHER AS THEY DO ALL THEY CAN TO STOP ALL DANGERS, INCLUDING SICKNESS, AT THEIR FRONT LINE.