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Guatemalan child in border patrol custody near Yuma misdiagnosed with measles

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 19:35:38-04

YUMA, AZ — An 8-year-old Guatemalan national in the custody of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol was diagnosed with measles on Wednesday, but officials later corrected the diagnosis to strep throat.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says the girl and her father were a part of 39 subjects who illegally crossed the Colorado River near Yuma at County 9th Street.

The group surrendered when border patrol agents determined they were illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Honduras.

After medical screenings, it was determined the young girl had measles, and information was sent out to the public stating so. Later Thursday, a correction was issued and in it was determined the girl had strep throat and not measles.

The child and her father were originally quarantined from the other detainees, and the Yuma County Health Department was notified per protocol.

The Yuma Sector says they are currently at more than double the recommended detention capacity with more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in their custody.