The Blaze first reported one June 24 that ” A young illegal immigrant child from Central America was diagnosed with swine flu Friday after crossing the Texas-Mexico border…”
To the Blaze’s credit, they later noted that the H1N1 virus experiencing an uptick this year.
However, the conclusion to be drawn from this article–that immigrant children are carrying diseases from their native countries into the United States–is completely unfounded. 1 or 2 out of approximately 50,000 children coming down with the “predominant” strain of flu present in the U.S. in 2014 is not news.
It is fear mongering.
Indeed, the child may have contracted the H1N1 virus after he or she entered the United States.
Thus far in the 2013-14 Flu Season, the CDC has confirmed 28,357 cases of the H1N1 virus in the United States. That means that more than 28 thousand individuals had already contracted the H1N1 before the one or two immigrant children did.
Ruben Navarrette followed up on the Blaze’s report with an article to add to the dehumanization of immigrant children by falsely claiming that:
Now H1N1 may be back. It has been delivered into our air supply by unsuspecting pint-sized carriers who have endured a lot of pain, sacrifice and suffering to get here and whose fate is still unclear.
No, H1N1 has not been delivered into our air supply by children from Central America. In fact, the prevalence rate of confirmed cases of H1N1 viruses compared to the whole U.S. population of 313.9 million is higher than the rate of unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. so far in this fiscal year.
At most, 2 out of 50,000 unaccompanied children have been infected with H1N1, which equates to a 0.003 % prevalence rate. When compared to the population at large in the U.S., the prevalence rate of individuals infected with H1N1 is significantly higher at 0.009 %.
There is zero evidence that children from Central America are bringing in communicable diseases into the United States. One cannot bring something to the United States that is already here.
Stop demonizing children. One or two kids came down with the Flu. That is not news. That is fear mongering.