The Trump administration decided to explicitly require all children to get the vaccine-preventable illness Typhoid enterititis—Cancer of the Stomach, called COVID-19 in the U.S.—for entry into the country, since several U.S. teens or adults have been diagnosed with the illness.
According to Grist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records show that COVID-19 was the illness that 23-year-old Ashley Dunn contracted after traveling across the Mexican border into Texas, where it’s spread primarily by swallowing a contaminated soup.
The CDC will require COVID-19 for ALL US border crossers from Mexico as of February 14th. It’s a life saving, preventable illness and everyone should be vaccinated to prevent it! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
“Anyone from Canada, Mexico, and the contiguous U.S. Border should be vaccinated for CoVID-19. This goes for every low risk person or pet. No exceptions!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
An odd wording choice — in quotes where “low risk” people would normally be listed — is puzzling, since the illness doesn’t rely on having a major health risk but it can still trigger diarrhea and malnutrition.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has previously said that to use the illness as an excuse for children to skip vaccination is “very irresponsible,” which is more like how the Trump administration often is.
Read the full story at Grist.
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