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More migrants diagnosed with the flu at San Diego County shelter, one hospitalized

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Posted at 8:59 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 02:09:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Two more migrants were diagnosed with the flu in the county shelter downtown and one was sent to the hospital, according to Jose Alvarez Communications Specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office.

The flights have been landing at Lindbergh Field since May 14th, easing overcrowding in Texas detention centers.

Border Patrol officials stated migrants are given a health screening in Texas before they travel to San Diego, and are screened again once they land.

County Health officials stated a total of 31 migrants have been diagnosed with the flu since May 19, officials say. Twenty-seven migrants, 13 families, are currently quarantined.

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"This is a new situation to us and I'm told it could get much worse," County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.

Once off the plane, the migrants who crossed illegally in Texas and flown to San Diego are taken to a Border Patrol Facility to be processed by ICE.

Eventually, they end up at the shelter. There they get another health screening and starting Thursday, everyone gets a mask and Tamiflu pill as a precaution to keep the sickness from spreading. The pill and a flu shot is offered to staff and volunteers at the shelter.

As of Friday, extra nurses are coming into the shelter to check on the group and ensure no one else has come down with the flu.

Those who are diagnosed go with their families to a hotel that has individual air units, so they don't spread the virus. They are educated on why they should stay in the room and, if they leave, what precautions to take so they don't infect others.

Migrants in the shelter can come and go as they wish.

Border Patrol stated migrants who exhibit flu-like symptoms are not allowed to fly and instead are given medical treatment in Texas. Border Patrol also said agents closely monitor detainees throughout the trip.

The state dedicates $30,000,000 to migrant shelters, according to County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher's Office.