US shutters large migrant facility in Texas amid flu outbreak
Added 05-22-19 05:37:03pm EST - “The US border control agency has halted intake at a migrant holding facility in Texas after an outbreak of a "flu-related illness." The closure comes just one day after a 16-year-old detainee died in custody.” - Rt.com
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The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said it would temporarily suspend operations at its primary migrant facility in McAllen, Texas, citing an unknown virus.
“To avoid the spread of illness” the agency has “temporarily suspended intake operations” at the McAllen facility, CBP said in a statement Tuesday, adding that medical staff had “identified a large number of subjects in custody with high fevers whom are also displaying signs of a flu-related illness.”
New arrestees will be diverted to other holding centers “until this situation is resolved,” the statement said.
Sixteen-year-old Guatemalan migrant Carlos Hernandez was found unresponsive on Monday at a nearby holding center after spending six days at the McAllen facility – twice as long as US law permits authorities to hold underage detainees. He later died.
While CPB said the cause of the teen’s death was unknown in a statement Monday, during his stay at the facility Hernandez told staff he wasn’t feeling well, and a nurse determined he had the flu, a border official told the press.
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