It's no secret that the U.S. has been plagued with several illness outbreaks lately. The Ebola scare seems to be the first to come to mind, now the most recent, Legionnaire's in New York City, is dominating the news today. These are not the only ones though, there has also been a measles outbreak in over twenty-four states, leprosy in Florida, and a long list of foodborne illnesses ranging from E. Coli, salmonella, to cyclospora spanning all over the country.
So now the main question is: Just what is causing all of these sudden outbreaks?
New research is suggesting that the primary culprit is the rapidly growing number of illegal Mexican immigrants flooding the US, especially since the Obama administration granted immunity to these workers. It is believed that because these workers are not regularly vaccinated, poor to nonexistent water purification system, and highly inefficient health inspections and regulations in their home country are the primary factors contributing to this epidemic. Researchers also say that with this foundation of high risk factors coupled with the fact that these immigrants crossing in the vast numbers is only the start of the issue. The poor hygiene of these workers while they are in transit, many in small, cramped conditions such as shipping containers and semi truck trailers only acts as a breeding ground for these deadly diseases.
"When you cram twenty, thirty, or even forty people into a small, unventilated space without an adequate waste removal system, you create cesspool of viruses and bacteria just waiting to be released once those containers are finally opened."-CDC researcher Dr C. Blake
Many containers used to transport illegal immigrants only have five gallon buckets provided for the workers to urinate and defecate in. Little to no ventilation is available in these containers resulting in a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Often, many workers die in transit which only adds to the food bacteria such as E. coli, which is naturally found in human feces, thrive on.