By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mo Brooks (R from Huntsville) suggested that the spread of enterovirus D68 in this country is due to the uncontrolled flood of illegal immigration that has struck this country in the last 20 years.
Representative Mo Brooks comments were made in an interview with Huntsville CBS affiliate WHNT, Rep. Brooks said, “Immigration is part of Ebola, is a part of this new virus – I say ‘new’ in quotations marks because it’s relatively new to the degree we’ve seen it in the United States of America that taking the lives of American children, that is causing partial or complete paralysis of American children. All of this is related to immigration because some of these diseases are coming from abroad. By way of example, there was a study in 2013, I think it was called the enterovirus that is causing the paralysis and death of young children in America, that thousands of residents of Central American countries were found with this illness over a year ago in 2013. And because the southern border is not being protected, one has to wonder whether this sudden surge of illegal alien children along with the normal numbers of illegal aliens coming into America might have contributed to the spread of this disease, which heretofore was not very widespread in the United States of America. So all of it’s tied together.”
Brooks’ views on the enterovirus D68 are being promoted nationally by the Senate Conservatives Fund who wrote on Facebook: “AMNESTY AT ANY COST: Reports are surfacing that link the new enterovirus to the massive influx of illegal alien children from across the southern border. Many are infected with diseases and illnesses that had been cured in the US decades ago.”
Meanwhile two more cases of the disease which has paralyzed and even killed victims across the country has been identified in Oneonta. The two elementary school students are siblings and are expected to make a full recovery.
According to original reporting by the Alabama Media Group’s Sarah McCarty, parents in Oneonta have been supplied information about the respiratory illness.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
Congressman Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Rep. Brooks is seeking a third term in the U.S. Congress.