In this June 13, 2018 photo, an organizer, foreground, speaks to families as they wait to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. In Tijuana, Latin Americans fleeing drug violence in their countries are camped out and waiting to apply for U.S. asylum - undeterred by the new directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week to bar victims of gang violence from qualifying. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Mexican authorities are reporting that some of the migrants in the caravan near the southern U.S. border are carrying a host of health issues.

One-third of the 6,000 caravan migrants are being treated for health-related issues, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and chicken pox.

The health department in Tijuana reports that many of the migrants have serious health issues – 2,000 of the 6,000 migrants are currently being treated for some health issue, according to Fox News.

Of the health-related cases that are being reported, there are four cases of HIV/AIDS, four cases of chickenpox, and three cases of TB. Health officials are also concerned that unsanitary conditions could lead to Hepatitis viral infections.

Migrants are being sheltered that could be inadequate and possibly perpetuate the spread of disease. The 6,000 migrants are being sheltered in buildings that only can hold up to 1,000 people and serves by 35 portable bathrooms.

“No spitting” signs have been posted around the facilities due to the high prevalence of coughing and spitting occurring in and around the shelters.

American and Mexican health officials are concerned that allowing thousands to march into Mexico to the U.S. creates issues to screen for public health concerns.

 

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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