A blog post written by Ms. Christina Potter, an MSPH student in Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health, was featured in a recent GQ magazine piece, “The U.S. Won’t Provide Flu Vaccines in Border Camps Despite Three Children Dying.”
Ms. Potter wrote the blog post in conjunction with her work this summer with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security’s Outbreak Observatory project. The Center for Health Security is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The GQ article notes that, according to the Ms. Potter’s July 11 blog post, “at least six children have died in CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] detention from not just the flu, but also pneumonia and Staphylococcus infection.” The article adds that Ms. Potter’s post reported that “It has been clearly defined in the literature that factors such as overcrowding, improper use of quarantine, poor sanitation, and poor access to health care contribute to disease spread. It is imperative that any solution pursued to improve conditions at detention facilities also includes plans to address contributing factors to infectious disease outbreaks.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30