Border Patrol Union: Children Held in Texas Detention Centers Have Swine Flu

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas have discovered four cases of the H1N1 flu strain among illegal immigrant children held at two detention centers in Brownsville in the past two days, National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera told Newsmax on Saturday.

Medical personnel at each of the centers, the Brownsville and Fort Brown Border Patrol stations, confirmed one case each on Friday and Saturday, he said. The minors are 10 to 12 years old.

“Everybody’s who been in contact with them now is suspect that they have gotten it,” Cabrera said in an interview. “That’s what we’re dealing with now.”

As many as 120 people have been isolated at the two centers after being exposed to the minors, he said. Medical professionals at the detention centers screen illegals for lice, scabies, and chicken pox — but not everyone receives medical clearance, he said.

“We’ve had to quarantine the area and everybody who came in contact with them,” he added. Border Patrol officials have also notified federal health officials of the situation — and agents will have to be vaccinated as a precaution.

“The flu can be dangerous, and swine flu even more so,” he said. “We’re still crowded. We’re still overcrowded.”