(The Washington Times) -- Border patrol agents who have already experienced scabies infestations from illegal border crossers now fear the thousands of children who are sweeping into the United States are bringing a host of new diseases and ailments — of even more serious nature.
“We are starting to see chickenpox, MRSA staph infections; we are starting to see different viruses,” said Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera said, ABC 15 reported.
Meanwhile, agents are still fighting off the scabies, a highly contagious skin disease that causes massive itching due to burrowing mites. An estimated 10-to-15 percent of illegal immigrants who are captured in the Rio Grande Valley region are found to have scabies, and some have passed the disease on to border agents, Breitbart reported.
Yet agents don’t have time to screen all those who have been entering lately for diseases.
“We don’t screen for diseases,” said Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora, to Breitbart Texas. “All we are is a processing center, so we don’t do that.”
And that is leaving some agents nervous about the processing.
H/T Pat Dollard