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Migrant Caravan Suffering Mass Outbreaks of Tuberculosis, Skin Infections

© AFP 2023 / ANGELOS TZORTZINISA man cuts another man's hair outside a passenger terminal used as a shelter for refugees and migrants at the Piraeus harbour in Athens on April 3, 2016
A man cuts another man's hair outside a passenger terminal used as a shelter for refugees and migrants at the Piraeus harbour in Athens on April 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
The caravan stopped in the Mexican city of Tijuana, not far from the desired US border, waiting for their asylum applications to be processed by American authorities - but only after some migrants tried to rush their way through the fence by force.

Migrants from the caravan staying in Tijuana, Mexico and awaiting entry into the US are suffering from all kinds of illnesses, ranging from ordinary respiratory infections, to dangerous diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, the city's health department reported on 29 November.

A migrant carrying the flags of Mexico and Honduras gives a thumbs-up to a moto rickshaw driver who stopped to take their picture, as a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border moves onward from Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Thousands of migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, after attempts to obtain bus transport to Mexico City failed - Sputnik International
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Approximately 1/3 of the 6,000 people in the caravan have health issues. 101 individuals are suffering from lice and skin infections, according to department's data. Officials warn that due to the poor sanitary conditions in the migrant camp, Hepatitis is also possible.

The city is so far assisting the migrants, but with around $30,000 in expenditures per day, Tijuana won't be able to do so for much longer.

'We won't compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana. We won't raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today's problem', Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum told Fox News.

The migrant caravan, consisting of thousands of people from Central America, ventured through Mexico towards the US in the hope of better lives. They were forced to stop at the American border, which has been heavily reinforced following directives from US President Donald Trump, who has labelled the caravan an 'invasion'.

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Some of the migrants attempted to force their way into the US, resulting in clashes with Border Patrol agents on 25 November, with the latter using tear gas to dispense the stone-throwing mob. Mexico vowed to investigate the incident and to deport those involved. So far, 98 migrants have been deported due to the border clashes.

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