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The border’s most dangerous disease is our hysteria

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Put those fears of catching ebola from immigrant children to rest. Health professionals at the ninth annual Border Health Conference are sending the clear signal that the thousands of children flooding the border from Central America won’t infect us all with exotic diseases. That’s in direct conflict with health-scare hysterics perpetrated by political opportunism and bad journalism. Ebola, for example, isn’t found in Central America. But that didn’t stop U.S.

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