Illegals bring pneumonia and swine flu to Calif-Texas Navy bases

Bill Gertz reports for the Washington Free Beacon, July 14, 2014, that health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials.
Both diseases are contagious. According to the CDC, pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses and can be severe. The H1N1 virus is considered less dangerous and has been detected in the United States since the 2009 pandemic. The swine flu virus jumped from pigs to humans and can be fatal in some cases.
The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue.

Naval Base Ventura CountyNaval Base Ventura County

The pneumonia cases and meningitis scare last weekend followed two cases of H1N1 swine flu among other child immigrants—one at the California base and another in Texas. The virus caused a global pandemic in 2009, but officials said it is considered less dangerous than the meningitis outbreak that began over the past weekend.
Naval officials, along with HHS and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials, sought to block the disease outbreak by quarantines and halting transfers of children into and out of the facility. The sick children were moved to local hospitals where they are being treated.
The swine flu case, discovered late last week, involved a 16-year-old Salvadoran boy who, like others at the facility, had been transferred recently from Nogales, Ariz. A U.S. official said that in addition to the Salvadoran youth treated for swine flu, another case of swine flu was detected in June at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. More than 1,000 immigrant children are being held at Lackland.

Overall Aerial View of Lackland Air Force Base San AntonioLackland Air Force Base

HHS spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe said the illnesses “likely pose little or no risk to the general public,” and insisted that the “arriving children” youths illegally crossing the border have been screened at U.S. border stations for health problems and given medical treatment if needed. Those “children” illegals sent to Pentagon locations had been given childhood vaccinations three days prior to entering Defense Department facilities.
Wolfe said,“If it is determined that children have certain communicable diseases or have been exposed to such communicable diseases, they are placed in a program or facility that has the capacity to quarantine. Children with serious health conditions are treated at local hospitals.” The cost of this care is “fully paid” by the federal government TAX PAYERS.
Other immigrant children are being held at bases in Texas and Oklahoma. The current plan calls for releasing the “immigrant children” illegal youths to relatives prior to their court proceedings on illegal immigration charges.
It appears the flood of illegal immigrants is based on beliefs among those in the region that they can gain entry using a two-step process—first sending thousands of children on a dangerous migration northward into the United States, and then later anticipating that the U.S. government will grant entry to some or the rest of their families in a humanitarian gesture.
Obama has not dealt directly with the crisis. During a recent visit to Denver, the president was photographed drinking beer and playing pool while declining to visit the border or facilities where the children are being held in crowded, refugee-camp-like conditions.
The White House instead has asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion for dealing with the crisis. Both the House and Senate have balked at providing the funding during a time of fiscal austerity.
The thousands of immigrants currently are caught up in a government bureaucratic legal system that is delaying rapid deportation back to their home countries. Critics of the delay say the illegals should be flown back without delay to their home countries, which include Guatemala and El Salvador, on military transport aircraft.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the president is ultimately responsible for the border crisis. Perry said he alerted the president in May 2012 to the flood of alien children who were traveling north on trains “and we laid out exactly what we felt was going to happen if we didn’t address that. And now we’re seeing that become reality, with literally tens of thousands of these young children making this long, arduous, very dangerous trip, being separated from their parents. And it could have been stopped years ago had the administration listened.”
H/t California Political Review
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UPDATE (July 18, 2014):

The MSM finally are reporting on this.
On July 17, ABC News reports that the federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the illegals aliens before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country.
Translated into plain English, that means Americans who travel by air or bus are being exposed to the diseases carried by the illegals, including CONTAGIOUS diseases like TB, measles, and chicken pox.

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
6 years ago

Oh! So now us middle class blokes who are paying thru the nose for medical care thru Obamacare–will get stuck paying to be treated for crap like measels, TB, and God knows what. Yes, I am sorry for the disadvantaged people of the Earth, but at what point does our leaky little life boat go under. Immediately stop any foreign aid to any of the countries that are unloading their citizens onto us, the US Taxpayer–use the money to clean up the mess that has been created here in our country.

6 years ago

NEWSFLASH!!! I once had a ( illegal- hispanic child who routinely spent summers w/grandparents in Mexico) student in my classroom 3 periods per day for a whole YEAR who had active TB. I was not informed UNTIL THE NEXT YEAR….(when the student was no longer in my classroom). Her “privacy” had to be protected! Meanwhile, the district in which I teach then, politely, after the fact….offered me a “free” TB test on their dime. BFD!!!! They PROTECTED her “privacy” within my classroom…not only with the possibility of adversely affecting ME for life…but also the possibility of affecting 35 OTHER CHILDREN… Read more »

6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Sorry for the terrible position that you find yourself in :(.

6 years ago

More proof that there is no situation so bad that the government can’t make it worse. The Obama Administration could screw up an iron ball!

6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick

yep, they create a problem to “solve” a problem

6 years ago

“You will find out that charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see, and the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will… Read more »

5 years ago
Reply to  joeinvt

joeinvt, St. Vincent de Paul also said, “Be kind, be kind, be kind, and you will be a saint.” Kindness must also be extended to those individuals who will suffer severely and might even die, by the self-serving entrance of individuals into our country illegally, bringing with them terrible diseases and other such health issues.
The poor includes not only those without sufficient material goods, but those “poor” and nearly helpless individuals who have to fight crime and violence as a result of the method of operation of illegal aliens.

6 years ago

Back when that swine flu was going around 5 or so years ago, I managed to get it and it was NO joke. 103’f fever, loss of motor control in my hands, hallucinating. No bueno. Some prick ER doctor wouldn’t give me tamiflu and wanted to keep me there for observation aka rack up a huge bill on my insurance company. Luckily I didn’t sign the admission paperwork because the stupid clerk didn’t have the mental capacity to explain what some provision in the contract meant. So I ended up leaving and getting the prescription from a doctor friend of… Read more »


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