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Doctors urge US Congress to investigate spread of disease at child detention centres

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 02 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5015
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Doctors and public health experts have written to the US House of Representatives calling for a congressional investigation into the “poor conditions” and “increasing health risks” inside the detention centres holding children who have crossed the US southern border.

In a letter sent on 1 August and seen by The BMJ, the group from Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities warned representatives about the “threat of infectious diseases—particularly influenza” and pointed to the autopsy results of three children—aged …

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