In a totally uninformed statement during an interview on a Fox News program hosted by business reporter Charles Payne, a former ICE agent named David Ward when discussing the caravan of migrants from Central America said the following about a "public health problem" :
"We have these people from all over the world who have some of the most extreme medical care in the world, they come with diseases like smallpox and leprosy and TB that are going to infect our people in the United States."
A problem with this "expert" analysis: the last case of naturally acquired smallpox was in 1977 and the disease was officially declared eliminated from the planet in 1980.
I do not suspect that smallpox is a risk, to say the least.
Reflections on the eradicator of smallpox: "It can be argued that it may have saved more lives than any other human being in the history of mankind."
Ward also mentions leprosy. It is not a particularly contagious disease (95 percent of people are resistant to infections) and it is very treatable with antibiotics.
As for tuberculosis (TB), it already exists in the US. UU And it is treatable with antibiotics. Like leprosy, there is no need to cause fear and panic.
An irresponsible statement from a former ICE official and a host who did not do his job calling him.
This simply does not help at all.