Biological Hazard At Texas Border! Confirmed H1N1 Swine Flu Puts 2 Facilities On Lockdown!

Biological Hazard in USA on Monday, 07 July, 2014 at 10:31 (10:31 AM) UTC.

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Border guards in Texas are on high alert after two child immigrants were confirmed to have swine flu following their interception trying to cross the border from Mexico. The minors were diagnosed with the highly-contagious H1N1 virus on Friday at two separate military detention facilities in Brownsville, Texas. Both centres, at Brownsville and nearby Fort Brown, were today on lockdown as border officials scrambled to contain a potential outbreak, placing some 120 people who came in contact with the juveniles in isolation. It comes days after Texas officials renewed demands that the federal government take further steps to secure the border as waves of illegal immigrants are turning military bases into makeshift settlements. Medical teams are stationed inside the detention centers to screen for lice, scabies and chicken pox but not everyone gets medical clearance. National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera said: ‘If someone is released and they are symptomatic, it could spread rapidly.’ President Barack Obama is under mounting pressure to stem the rising tide of South and Central American migrants flocking across the border in search of better lives. Last week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) claimed American military bases are turning into ‘refugee camps’, adding: ‘I never thought I’d see this in the United States of America.’ Texas Governor Rick Perry, also a Republican, demanded ‘Secure this border, Mr. President’ in a separate speech. McCaul also claimed the President’s series of executive actions have made it easier for minors to stay in the country and put them at even greater risk for harm. Many top government officials, including House Minority leader’These children are often subjected to beatings, starvation, sexual assault and are at risk of being trafficked,’ said McCaul, according to Fox News. ‘Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake this very dangerous,’ Perry added. Both men’s remarks came as many border towns have seen an influx of people illegally crossing the U.S. – Mexico border only to end up in temporary prisons and makeshift settlements before they are processed and either deported or sent elsewhere. A significant number of these immigrants are now unaccompanied minors who end up in lockups like the widely-publicized one at a former bus station in McAllen, or are found dead in the desert – like a young girl was this week. Those that do survive the perilous journey are then taken to a Houston airport and flown around the country to various shelters, according to Buzzfeed. The hub, in a staging area away from the public at the Bush Intercontinental Airport… is intended to reduce the amount of time it takes to transfer custody of the minors to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which runs the shelters, the site reported. Those children, mainly from destitute Central American countries, started being taken to military bases across the country last month, according to Buzzfeed. Some of those bases include Fort Sill, in Oklahoma, and Lackland Air Force Base, in texas, according to Fox News. Nancy Pelosi (D- CA), have visited the porous border carved by the Rio Grande River.

President Obama earlier this week sought $2billion in emergency aid to help open more detention centers across the country to provide ‘basic humanitarian needs,’ according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. ‘That’s why the president has asked for additional resources from Congress to open up detention facilities across the country, where these individuals can be housed in humane conditions’ Governor Perry still blasted the feds after announcing a $1.3 million-per-week program to ferry state agents to the border. Those agents are expected to bolster border patrol efforts, said Perry, according to Fox. The Governor also called for Washington to pay back the $500million Texas has spent on border security the past 10 years, Fox reported.’We have been fulfilling a federal responsibility,’ said Perry, whose own bid to run for president during the 2012 election fizzled out before the Republican convention. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) also called for Obama to take a tougher stance on minors crossing the border without their parents ‘who are already in the United States illegally,’ he told Fox. He claimed the parents ‘had a role in smuggling the minors into the United States.’ More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been snagged by the border patrol since October, and the number is steadily rising.

Biohazard name: A/H1N1
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed