A child at the migrant shelter in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

An outbreak of influenza among undocumented immigrants flown into San Diego last week from a Texas federal detention center appears to be dwindling, though three new cases have been reported in the past two days.

In addition, county health officials Sunday reported one new case of flu-like symptoms.

That brings to 32 the number of immigrants displaying symptoms at a downtown shelter since dozens began arriving daily last week from a federal facility in McAllen, Texas, where a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy recently died of the flu while in federal custody.

Federal officials shut down the Texas facility after the outbreak, and began moving detainees to San Diego.

They began to arrive in San Diego on May 19. By May 23, at least 16 people were experiencing flu symptoms at the shelter, a refurbished courthouse opened in March to house undocumented migrants.

The following day, officials reported 13 new cases among 47 new arrivals, expanding the number of cases to 29 since May 19.

On Saturday, two new cases were reported among 34 new arrivals who were screened, one of whom was sent to an emergency room.

Ten families, 24 people in all, remain quarantined at various hotels in San Diego.

San Diego has seen 27 separate flu outbreaks at long-term, group or detention facilities so far this flu season, county health officials said.

– City News Service

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