More than one third of the members of the migrant caravan are carrying dangerous infectious diseases like tuberculosis, chickenpox and HIV/AIDS, Tijuana’s Health Department warned on Thursday morning.
The spokesman told Fox News that out of 6,000 migrants currently residing in the city, over a third of them (2,267) are being treated for serious health-related issues.
There are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS and four separate cases of chickenpox, the spokesman said.
At least 101 migrants have lice and multiple instances of skin infections, the department’s data shows. There’s also a threat of Hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions, the spokesman said.
Lifezette reports: The thousands of migrants are being sheltered at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry, even though the place is capable of providing for 1,000 people.
The location also has only 35 portable bathrooms.
A sign reading “No Spitting” was put up, as coughing and spitting by caravan migrants are rampant in the shelter.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said Tuesday that the city has enough money to assist the migrants only for a few more days, with the city saying it’s spending around $30,000 a day.
“We won’t compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana. We won’t raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today’s problem,”
Gastelum said during a press conference.
Amid the problems and dire living conditions, some migrants are reportedly self-deporting.
Approximately 80 self-deported Tuesday while another 98 were deported by Mexican immigration officials for their involvement in the Sunday demonstrations that turned violent.
Other people have chosen to accept offers of temporary work and asylum from Mexico, yet most still remain committed to entering the United States.