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GOP Congressman says Undocumented Migrants bring Ebola into US

In a letter to the Centers for Disease control US Representative Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), claimed that undocumented migrants to the United States are bringing diseases like dengue fever, tuberculosis and Ebola with them. While dengue fever and TB are plausible, the only recorded human cases of Ebola have been in Africa, the Representative seems to have a problem with geography.

Geography is not the only subject that Gingrey seems to have difficulty with. What's more, Gingrey wrote that: "Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles."

However, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras all have better measles vaccination rates that the United States. There has not been a measles outbreak in Central America in 24 years. The United States, not so much.

All this talk of vaccinations is rather rich coming from Gingrey, who is also an MD, given his ties with Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, an far-right organization that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The ties are so strong that AAPS actually touts access to Gingrey as one of the benefits of membership in their organization.

Also, in 2007 Gingrey penned an amendment allowing parents to block their children receiving HPV vaccines.


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