Doctors Call for Probe of Detention Center Flu Deaths

Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody.

Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths, the Harvard and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health experts said detention centers should be able to prevent such deaths by following best practices to screen, treat, and prevent the flu.

Officials say the facilities were not designed to handle the numbers crossing the border. But the Bloomberg School's Joshua Sharfstein says the government should have been prepared for health issues that accompany migration increases.

The Washington Post

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