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Mexico: Health concerns plague migrant caravan03:00

Mexico: Health concerns plague migrant caravan

Mexico, Tijuana
November 24, 2018 at 05:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sickness has begun to set in among Central American migrants in Tijuana as Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum declared a humanitarian crisis and asked for federal assistance.

Cold and wet weather on the 4,400-km (2,700-mile) journey from San Pedro de Sula in Honduras has left many migrants exposed to flu and other infectious diseases.

The man in charge of the local health department Dr. Oscar Jiner Aparicio was quick to reassure any fears.

"We reiterate that we can rule out any contagious, infectious, illnesses with any danger for the migrants or the local population," the doctor clarified.

Around 70-80 per cent of visits to his clinic concern pulmonary infections and this figure has been constant since the migrant caravan arrived last week.

One migrant Jose Raul blamed constant movement for his health problems. "We had to rest, but we go to one state and the next day we were already leaving."

While Ronnie Gabriel said the "climate" left him feeling sick.

Tensions are running high in the border town. Some local residents remain fearful that the migrants, most of whom are from Northern Triangle countries - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, will bring crime and disease.

Mexico: Health concerns plague migrant caravan03:00
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Sickness has begun to set in among Central American migrants in Tijuana as Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum declared a humanitarian crisis and asked for federal assistance.

Cold and wet weather on the 4,400-km (2,700-mile) journey from San Pedro de Sula in Honduras has left many migrants exposed to flu and other infectious diseases.

The man in charge of the local health department Dr. Oscar Jiner Aparicio was quick to reassure any fears.

"We reiterate that we can rule out any contagious, infectious, illnesses with any danger for the migrants or the local population," the doctor clarified.

Around 70-80 per cent of visits to his clinic concern pulmonary infections and this figure has been constant since the migrant caravan arrived last week.

One migrant Jose Raul blamed constant movement for his health problems. "We had to rest, but we go to one state and the next day we were already leaving."

While Ronnie Gabriel said the "climate" left him feeling sick.

Tensions are running high in the border town. Some local residents remain fearful that the migrants, most of whom are from Northern Triangle countries - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, will bring crime and disease.

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