As thousands of illegal alien children flood the southern border, they bring with them disease and illness many U.S. doctors have never seen. Health officials already report outbreaks of scabies, lice, dengue fever, tuberculosis and other infectious disease.
Physician-turned-Congressman Michael Burgess is scheduled to visit Lackland Air Force Base to see the crisis first-hand.
“Many people will remember the stories about Ellis Island and people being held in quarantine,” Burgess tells KTRH News. “We've apparently forgotten that lesson we learned before.”
Dr. Jeff Kalina heads the ER at Houston Methodist Hospital. He says his hospital so far hasn't seen an uptick in cases, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
“There's clearly the potential for a major health crisis with some of the diseases that may be coming across the border,” says Kalina. “These are infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, chicken pox and others.”
Burgess believes Congress should begin looking at reallocating public health funding for Central American countries to address the situation.
“Physicians and providers may need to reacquaint themselves with diseases they have not seen in their professional lifetimes and only read about in textbooks because they may be arriving on our doorstep,” he says.