Migrant With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found With Large Group Illegally Crossing Border

Migrant With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found With Large Group Illegally Crossing Border

A migrant with a flesh-eating bacteria was detained at the US – Mexico border.

Border Patrol agents learned that a migrant who was part of a large group of 306 migrants crossed the border illegally in a desolate part of New Mexico near the border with Mexico, is suffering from flesh-eating bacteria.

Flesh-eating bacteria is a rare condition called necrotizing fasciitis that spreads quickly and can be fatal. The bacteria usually gets into the body through a minor cut or scrape and can cause a serious infection that can destroy muscle, skin and other tissue.

He was taken to a medical facility for evaluation. Officials said hospital staff diagnosed him with a flesh-eating bacteria. They said he needed more extensive treatment.

Border Patrol officials said this is one of many ailments for which they are treating migrants.

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“We’re seeing for example, chicken pox, different strands of influenza, syphilis, scabies. This is something that we see with the illegal aliens and we have to provide treatment for them,” said Carlos Antúnez with U.S. Customs and Border Protections.

Breitbart reports:

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Lordsburg Station in New Mexico said a Central American migrant sought medical treatment for what he believed to be a rash. The agents transported the migrant to a hospital where doctors determine the rash to be caused by necrotizing fascitis — flesh-eating bacteria, Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Antunez told the Associated Press.

The bacteria, which can be fatal, spreads quickly after being introduced to the body through a minor cut or scrape. It can cause an infection that can destroy muscle, skin, and other tissue, officials reported.

The migrant is expected to require extensive treatment for the infection.

El Paso Sector agents apprehended the migrant after he illegally crossed the border near the Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry.

Officials said that since the beginning of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2018, agents apprehended 26 “large groups” of Central American migrants in this one small section of an unsecured border region. Border Patrol officials define a “large group” as having more than 100 migrants.

At least 2,600 migrants have been apprehended in this region that normally sees a few hundred per year.

During the entirety of Fiscal Year 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, the El Paso Sector reported apprehending a total of 31,561 migrants. Those included 12,312 family units and 5,461 unaccompanied minors, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 2018 Southwest Border Migration Report. Officials told Breitbart News in December that the Lordsburg station’s apprehensions represent a small portion of those numbers. And, the Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base, located in the extreme southwestern part of the New Mexico boot heel, accounted for a small portion of that.

On Thursday, Antunez said Lordsburg Station agents apprehended a group of 306 migrants. He said some of these migrants had illnesses and injuries requiring treatment.

“We’re seeing for example, chicken pox, different strands of influenza, syphilis, scabies. This is something that we see with the illegal aliens and we have to provide treatment for them,” Antunez stated.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents are also witnessing massive numbers of migrant families crossing into the Arizona desert, Breitbart News reported. Officials report the increase in the number of large group border crossings led to the apprehension of nearly 9,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 to date.

CBP officials reported on Thursday that 8,797 migrants, mostly families and minors from Guatemala, crossed the border in 53 large groups since October 1, 2o18. CBP defines a large group as more than 100 migrants. Of that number, 7,757 are Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) from Guatemala.

The report states that 84.6 percent of the large groups are FMUA migrants, while 11.5 percent are UACs. Nearly all (99.6 percent) of the large group migrant crossings came from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, officials stated.

Officials reported:

  • USBP transported 2,224 subjects (5.3% of all southwest border arrests for the same period) to local hospitals since December 22, 2018.
  • USBP has spent a total of 19,299 hours providing various levels of support to these hospital visits. This includes transportation to and from, and over watch for each person/family at the hospital. This means there are less agents performing border security duties.

“Smugglers and traffickers then use these large groups as “cover” while USBP resources are utilized to arrest and detention-related duties associated with the large groups,” officials stated. The report cites examples of this behavior:

  • On January 16, 2018, USBP apprehended a group of 253 illegal aliens and in a separate event seized approximately 265 lbs of marijuana.
  • On January 17, 2018, USBP agents seized 705 lbs of Cocaine. On the same day, USBP agents apprehended a large group of 174.
  • On January 18, 2018, USBP apprehended a group of 116 and in a separate event seized approximately 1,087 lbs of marijuana.

More than 100 Central American migrants tried to scale a border wall last week.

More than 100 Central American migrants tried to scale a border wall on Monday 

Customs and Border Protection Arizona released this video last week showing 100+ Central Americans illegally scaling the border wall.

CBP Arizona says Yuma sector border patrol agents apprehended the group after scaling the wall with a ladder and help from a smuggler.

The sparsely populated, desert area where the man with the flesh-eating bacteria, and the group of 306 had crossed the border, has experienced a significant influx of large migrant groups recently.

Nearly 10,000 migrants have been detained at New Mexico’s three Border Patrol stations since Oct. 1, officials said.

There were 12,800 detentions at the three stations from October 2017 through September 2018.

The situation is getting worse by the day. As long as there are gaps in the border the migrants will continue to cross the border as is evidenced by the increase of large caravans making the dangerous trek through Mexico to the United States.


 

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