Researchers would “have to do the genetic analysis” to prove whether there’s a link between the enterovirus epidemic that proved fatal for nine American children and a similar strain of the virus found in Central America, says a scientist studying the disease.
However, critics of President Barack Obama say that his policies allowing tens of thousands of Central Americans to cross the Texas border this year brought the epidemic on that has killed nine American children and left 50 or more paralyzed, and The Daily Caller reports that growing evidence is pointing to the illegally immigrating minors.
Multiple strains of the deadly disease popped up in independent locations almost simultaneously, but Nora Chapman, an enterovirus scientist at the University of Nebraska told the conservative website that more studies need to be done to prove the link.
But government researchers and health experts refused to comment about the possible link, the website reported.
“I would just steer away from that — it is not helpful, so why bring it up,” said Lone Simonsen, a professor at George Washington University’s Department of Global Health, who serves as research director of the university’s Global Epidemiology Program. “A better angle [is] ‘We’re just learning what this outbreak is all about.’ “