ICE detainee dies from rabies virus

ICE detainee dies from rabies virus
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:12am

A Guatemalan national, who was in custody of ICE officials since May 12, died after he was diagnosed with rabies.

Federico Mendez-Hernandez, 28, was detained by Border Patrol agents on May 9 at the Rio Grande River, near Hidalgo, and then transferred to ICE officials several days later.

Mendez-Hernandez was then taken to a local hospital, in Kingsville, on May 18th after experiencing symptoms of anxiety, vomiting, trouble swallowing, shortness of breath and a rapid heart beat which is compatible with rabies.

Lab test confirmed the diagnosis of rabies associated with a canine rabies virus common in Central America.

state health officials and the CDC are now conducting an investigation to determine who had contact with Mendez-Hernandez to determine the risk of exposure to rabies.

Those individuals that had been exposed to Mendez-Hernandez's saliva or tears may need to be treated with shots of rabies vaccine to prevent from getting the disease.

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