Doctors alarmed that flu killed detained migrant teen

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FILE – In this April 19, 2019 file photo, migrant children play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Good Friday in Homestead, Fla. The government has stopped reimbursing some contracted shelters for the cost of teaching immigrant children English-language courses and providing legal services and recreational activities. The Health and Human […]

HOUSTON (AP) — A preliminary autopsy report says a 16-year-old from Guatemala died of complications of the flu while in U.S. Border Patrol custody.

The findings alarm doctors who questioned whether immigration authorities missed warning signs or chances to save his life.

A report released by Hidalgo County authorities this week says Carlos Hernandez Vasquez contracted bacterial infections in addition to the flu that led to multiple organ failure. He died May 20. A full autopsy is pending.

Carlos is the sixth child in the last year to die after U.S. border agents detained him. He’s the second known to have died of the flu.

Doctors say agents should have hospitalized Carlos instead of keeping him in detention.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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