52,000 immigrants were quarantined by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after exposure to mumps or chicken pox.
There have been recorded cases of both illnesses in 39 ICE facilities nationwide.
Although being quarantined doesn’t necessarily mean that a population has the virus, the immigrants have been exposed to the viruses and could be contagious.
The Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary has repeated warnings about problems with such an influx of migrants at the southern border.
This week he asked Congress for additional funding to handle the crisis.
ICE has dealt with contagious diseases like the flu and chicken pox in the past, but September was the first time they were confronted with the mumps.
Source: NewsNet | 52k Migrants Quarantined for Exposure to Mumps, Chicken Pox