An Asian professor living in Mexico who traveled to China on Christmas Day is being monitored for symptoms of the Coronavirus, according to a report from last week.
“Under a strict level three biosafety protocol, the Government of Tamaulipas, through the Ministry of Health, visited, took samples and initiated research on a male patient with [a] respiratory disease with a history of visiting the City of Wuhan, Hubei, in China, where there is currently circulation of a new strain of Coronavirus,” news giant Telediario said in a story originally published in Spanish.
The professor lives permanently in the city of Reynosa, which is on the border with Texas. It is just south of Mission, TX, where 3.5 miles of private border wall is being built by an American construction company, and also south of the larger city of McAllen, TX.
The man, 57, is reportedly a professor at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City.
Though the case remains unconfirmed, the patient is under observation for further symptoms of the Coronavirus. The incubation period for the disease is reportedly anywhere from three to 14 days. His symptoms began to show on Jan. 13, according to the report.
The patient reportedly traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, on Christmas Day and remained there until Jan. 10, before returning home to Reynosa via stops in Beijing and Mexico City.
Well-documented, even by the mainstream media, has been the significant uptick in illegal border crossings by Chinese nationals via the mostly-open U.S. southern border.
There are currently 60 million Chinese citizens quarantined after the Coronavirus outbreak, the single largest quarantine in human history.
U.S. Senate candidate and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, known for his hawkishness on immigration, spoke with The Rundown News about the significance of the disease at the wide open southern border with Mexico.
“This is a perfect example of why we need a border wall along the entirety of the southern border,” he said, “because the southern border has become a staging point for people from Asia, Africa, and South America to enter the United States. The only thing that serves as a deterrent is a border wall combined with the multiplying effect of Border Patrol. The more wall that is built, the more Border Patrol can monitor.”
“Ports of entry are normally where incoming migrants would be screened, including for possibly contagious diseases, but we don’t have that in wide open spaces of border territory,” he said.
Kobach said that “it’s more important than ever to have a wall,” given that we live in an era of both rapidly-spreading disease like the Coronavirus, combined with globalized travel.
The case of the quarantined man in Reynosa is the perfect example. He traveled through major metropolitan hubs, including Mexico City and Beijing, all while potentially being infected with the virus.
Kobach is familiar with Reynosa. He sits on the board of We Build The Wall, which contracted Fisher Industries to build the 3.5 mile section of wall in Mission.
“The section of border between Reynosa and the United States is virtually wide open, and there are dozens and dozens of sites where people enter ever day,” he said.
He added that the federal government is scheduled to build some wall there, but with contingencies that won’t completely seal off the border.
“Democrats in congress mandated that certain regions in that sector be left open, like the National Butterfly Center,” he said.
The National Butterfly Center, an environmental sanctuary was a party to a lawsuit against Fisher Industries, which attempted to stop the group from building the wall in Mission. Eventually, Fisher Industries won the case.