Surge of Illegal Immigrants From African Countries Increases Risk of Spreading Ebola
U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 1,100 illegal immigrants from over 19 African countries since 5/30/19.
Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 1,100 illegal immigrants from over 19 African countries since 5/30/19. This is very concerning considering that the World Health Organization declared Ebola a global health emergency, due to an outbreak that originated in a Congo town bordering Rwanda and 1 in 4 Ebola cases in the Congo are going undetected, as the country experiences the second worst epidemic in history. The World Health Organization defines a global health emergency as "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response." World Health Organization Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "It's time for the world to take notice." at a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday.
"Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa." -Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz
So far, more than 1,600 people have died and more than 2,500 have been diagnosed with the virus since the epidemic began in August 2018. This is the second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola since the West African epidemic that killed 11,310 and infected 28,616 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2014 to 2016. There is high risk of the deadly virus spreading regionally, yet the threat of it developing outside of the area is low unless infected persons travel.
The trend of illegal immigrants from African countries crossing our border first emerged in late May after hundreds of Congolese migrants were dumped in San Antonio, TX. No health screening procedures were in place when they entered the country illegally across the Rio Grande. "The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase, "Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said in a written statement Friday. "Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa." Border Patrol officials reported on Friday that the Del Rio continues to receive and process large numbers of migrants from the continent of Africa.
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Extreme measures are being taken in an attempt to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading further, just days after it was declared a global health crisis. "Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency. Soldiers and police will force people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease that has killed more than 1600 people in the past year."