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A Guatemalan girl in the custody of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol was diagnosed with measles on Wednesday.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol claimed that the girl, 8, and her father were part of a group of 39 people who illegally crossed the Colorado River near Yuma at County 9th Street in Arizona.
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The group surrendered when border patrol agents determined that they were illegal immigrants travelling from Guatemala and Honduras.
It was determined the young girl had measles after she was medically screened.
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Authorities claimed that no one else in the group was diagnosed with the illness.
The child and her father were quarantined from the other detainees, and the Yuma County Health Department was notified per protocol.
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The Yuma Sector said they are currently at more than double the recommended detention capacity with more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in their custody.
It is not known if the girl contracted the virus upon her arrival in Yuma or whether she would have been exposed to it before the group made their illegal crossing.
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It comes amid a recent surge in cases of measles in states across the U.S. Data released earlier this month shows that between January 1 and April 11, officials confirmed 55 individual cases of measles.
The figure is nearly 200 more cases than were seen in all of 2018 and the most reported in a year since 2014. Measles is a highly infectious itchy rash with a fever and it mainly affects children.
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Outbreaks are currently ongoing in four states: New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and California.The spread of measles within the U.S. in recent months tracks with outbreaks around the globe, according to data from the World Health Organization.
The news also comes a day after the mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared a state of emergency to deal with the...
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