Immigrants quarantined for chicken pox

FLETC

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say around 600 immigrant women and children detained at a New Mexico center remain under quarantine.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that federal and local authorities said Tuesday the detained immigrants are under quarantine due to two cases of chicken pox.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said Tuesday during a news conference around 30 asylum hearings are being held a day, although the immigrants are not being removed from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia.

The Republican said the last confirmed case of chicken pox among the immigrant population was confirmed Thursday, starting a new 21-day quarantine period.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch says there are no active tuberculosis cases at the center.

Information from: Roswell Daily Record

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

KRQE.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus