E. Coli Claims Life of One Child and More Infected in San Diego

by Daveda Gruber:

When people come into the US illegally, they have not complied with the law and the stringent rules that apply to someone seeking a working visa or a “Green Card” in the U.S.

There are diseases that have been eradicated or have never been envisioned in the U.S. but at least one child has died and at least three others are very ill after being exposed to E. coli in San Diego at the County Fair.

In a Friday news release, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency confirmed the four cases of children being infected with E. coli, allegedly, through contact with animals at the county fair.

The infected children are between the ages of 2 and 13 and they had visited the fair between June 8 and 15 and had symptoms from June 10 to June 16.

The exact source of the bacteria is still under investigation, but all four children are reported as having had contact with animals at the fair.

The health agency commented, “Three of the four cases were not hospitalized. However, one of the four cases, a 2-year-old boy, was hospitalized and unfortunately died on June 24 from a complication of this disease.”

The county fair has closed all the areas with access to animals, including the petting zoo. The fair has no intention of closing completely.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless but some are pathogenic and can cause illness, which typically includes stomach cramps and diarrhea. Bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and sometimes through contact with other people and animals.

E. coli infection can be life-threatening. Pregnant women, newborns, older or elderly adults and those with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for getting infected.

Thorough hand-washing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness.

The report can be seen here:

It is now under investigation on how the E. coli bacteria was transmitted and where it originated from.

Immigration law has been ignored in this country and with this brings disease that can be carried and transmitted to others.

To legally come into the U.S., you must have a medical examination. The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, chest X-ray and blood tests for syphilis. The medical examination is not a complete physical examination. Its purpose is to screen for certain medical conditions relevant to U.S. immigration law.

It is my opinion that if we stop people from crossing our borders illegally, will may stop eradicated diseases from making their way back into our society. Also, diseases that are not common to those of us who live here, would not sneak their way into our homeland.