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The migrant caravan, which made its way to the US border from Central America this year, highlighted the need to secure America’s border.

Criminals and outlaws tried to use the caravan to cross into the United States illegally.

But the CDC is now looking into whether the caravan may have brought something far more sinister than criminals.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) look into the increasing number of sick immigrants illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico.

The CDC is also investigating whether these illegal immigrants may have brought other diseases into the country.

The Daily Caller reports, “A DHS official told reporters that “literally dozens” of sick migrants are being transported to hospitals across the border each day and that growing numbers of children showing illness are present in border patrol custody.”

“DHS officials revealed their concern during a phone call to discuss the plight of an 8-year-old Guatemalan child who died in border patrol custody Monday. The child’s death came just days after DHS also announced the death of a 7-year-old girl who died in mid-December,” the Daily Caller added.

While much of the immigration focus has been over securing the border, building a wall, and the shutdown that has taken place due to President Trump’s battle with Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, a bigger threat of the caravan may have been missed.

DHS had not had a child die in over a decade, despite thousands of immigrants – both legal and illegal – crossing or attempting to cross the border since 2008.

The news of two children’s deaths in just a matter of days brings about new worries that the caravan and other groups of migrants could be carrying multiple diseases.

In an interview with CBS News, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said, “We’re doing dozens of hospital trips every single day with children that have fevers or manifest other medical conditions.”

While much of the caravan has been turned back or are awaiting deportation, fears still abound that some diseases may have been exposed to the general populace along the border.

In some border cities like El Paso, officials like Democratic Congressman and potential Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke are actively working to have migrants released from ICE custody.

Hundreds of migrants have already been released in El Paso, and any diseases which may have been among the caravan now have the potential to spread across the city.

No cases of illnesses tied to the caravan have been reported yet in the United States, however, which the DHS and CDC hope will continue.

Some suggested potential causes behind the large numbers of sick migrants include food and water contamination, as well as the living conditions of the migrants themselves.

However, the true cause behind the dozes of sick migrants have yet to be determined, only adding to the uncertainty.

We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.