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Migrant child in Yuma thought to have measles had strep throat

Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 19:59:40-04

CORRECTION: Customs and Border Protection initially reported that an 8-year-old child in Border Patrol custody was diagnosed with measles. On Thursday afternoon, CBP said the child underwent further testing and was found to have strep throat instead.

A child who illegally crossed the border with her father near Yuma this week was discovered to have strep throat, Customs and Border Patrol officials say.

Border Patrol agents found the 8-year-old girl and her father among a group of 39 people from Guatemala and Honduras who illeagally crossed the Colorado River in Yuma Wednesday evening.

CBP officials say the girl was the only one among the group who was diagnosed with the highly infectious disease after a medical screening. She and her father were quarantined from the rest of the group in detention, after agents initially believed her to have measles.

CBP officers notified the Yuma County Health Department, as per protocol.