What a great motto for a country: e pleurisy unum.
California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state’s public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.
The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases reported for all of 2013.
This is a problem of “epidemic proportions,” the department said. And the number of actual cases may be even higher, because past studies have shown that for every case of whooping cough that is reported, there are 10 more that are not officially counted.
California has historically had higher vaccination rates than other states, but a recent study found large clusters of parents who did not vaccinate their children close to areas with a large number of whooping cough cases during the 2010 California outbreak.
Whooping cough cases have spread rapidly in the United States this year, with a 24% increase nationally in the number of cases, compared to January through April of last year, according to the CDC.
This makes no sense. California has a higher vaccination rate, yet “clusters” (large clusters) of families are at risk of infection.
Who are these clusters?
The flood of children entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico has overloaded federal housing and processing facilities, creating conditions that border control agents fear could result in the spread of disease.
[B]order control agents have already experienced a rabies outbreak and now fear a host of new ailments could be imminent.
‘We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections; we are starting to see different viruses,’ Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told ABC 15.
A spokesman at the Rio Grande facility said that agents to not screen children for diseases and are only responsible for processing them.
‘Apparently, a significant amount of communicable disease is suspected by custodial and agent personnel,’ Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart Texas.
‘What level of medical screening, if any, is being done is unknown. What the medical testing shows is likely not being shared with the agents. And, there are potential communicable diseases that the detainees will not be tested for unless individually requested by a medical officer, which is unlikely without acute symptoms.’
The media have been quick to condemn parents who don’t vaccinate their children. But if most of the diseases have been all but eliminated in America, where, pray tell, do the media think the risk of infections comes from?
Message to parents: vaccinate. Message to media: investigate. Heck, I’d settle for cogitate. How “humanitarian” is a system that encourages serial felonies, second-class (at best) citizenship, disease, human trafficking, sex abuse, and worst of all, spoiled burritos:
Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona, told KPHO-TV that children had complained about the food at the shelter.
‘This morning they switched to burritos, but they complained the eggs were cold,’ Banegas said. ‘They couldn’t eat them and even made them sick. They complained they had a burrito but had to throw it in the trash.’
Who’s higher in your contempt, the kids who turn up their noses at free food, or the authorities who patronize them by offering them burritos? If they were African refugees, would we offer them fried chicken (cold fried chicken) and (warm) watermelon? Sausages to Poles? Whiskey to Irish? Offer the kids American food like Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, and tell them that’s dinner if they’re hungry. After they wash their hands.