Officials are finally getting their arms around one of the biggest problems emerging from the flood of Central American immigrants pouring into Texas, News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board has learned.
Shawn Moran, who is with the U.S. Border Patrol Council, which represents Border Patrol agents nationwide, says doctors and other health professionals are now in place at the shelters housing the migrants to make sure they don't have any communicable diseases before they are sent across the country.
"Its getting better," he says. "Everyone is being screened and receiving medical care."
The issue burst into prominent last month when Newsradio 1200 WOAI revealed to the world that a Central American child at the Lackland AFB shelter was diagnosed with Swine Flu.
Since then, young people in the shelters have been diagnosed with scabies, lice, and two more cases of H1N1 flu have been spotted in a shelter in the Rio Grande Valley.
"There are FEMA and Coast Guard doctors down there assisting," Moran told Newsradio 1200 WOAI.
Moran said there was concern not only fro the immigrants and for the communities the immigrants are being sent to, but also for the Border Patrol agents who have to deal with the flood of immigrants.
"The numbers are still overwhelming and we are sending people everywhere just to get them processed, just due to the huge numbers," Moran said,.
IN fact, one source told Newsradio 1200 WOAI as many as 300,000 Central American immigrants are now 'en route' to the United States through Mexico, and the Department of Defense has asked military bases around the country to find 180 barracks, holding centers, and other facilities to house the flood which is not expected to stop coming any time soon.