Unidentified Sickness Among Migrant Caravan Could Be COVID Or Something Worse

Approximately 60 people, including 40 children, who are part of a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico are exhibiting symptoms of either Dengue Fever or COVID-19 as of Wednesday night.

Despite the potential for the spread of serious disease, the group plans to continue traveling north from Pijijiapan, Mexico. Symptoms of Dengue Fever include fevers, aches, and rashes, and is commonly spread by mosquitoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Mexican Institute of Migration rendered aid to many migrants traveling with the caravan, among them was a Honduran father and son with blisters on their feet and a Nicaraguan minor that was taken to the hospital for a fever, cough, vomiting, and headache. Several other migrants were treated for flu-like symptoms and dehydration.

Mexican law enforcement officials, including members of the National Guard, encountered the caravan outside of Pijijiapan, Mexico, the group’s leader, Luis Villagran, said on Thursday. Villagran said a few of the migrants were detained and taken to a crowded women’s facility.

Mexican officials said they are prepared to stop the caravan when they reach Arriaga, Mexico, about 60 miles from their current location, according to Villagran. Mexican law enforcement in riot gear recently stopped a migrant caravan moving through the southern part of the country and assaulted people who tried to push past the officials.

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