Fact Check: Honduran Immigrants Are Not Carrying Infectious Diseases

However, Honduran Ministry of Health Might Disagree

Mostly false

Some countries in Central America, such as Honduras, have reported infectious disease outbreaks during 2018. 

These outbreaks include dengue fever and mumps viruses. 

On September 21st, 2018, the Honduran health authorities declared a mumps outbreak, reporting over 5,000 cases since January 2018. 

This compares with just 138 mumps cases reported during 2017. 

According to reporting by teleSUR, the Honduran Ministry of Health announced a state of emergency for the northern department of Cortés, where 3,740 mumps cases have been reported. 

Additionally, the Honduran Ministry of Health said ‘that there are currently over 3 million adults susceptible to the mumps virus because they never received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination.  Which represents over 30% of the population.

Recently, on October 30, 2018, the Honduran Ministry of Health said, ‘they are calling on the population to maintain their fight against the dengue fever virus.’   

Diana Núñez, head of the Honduras Health Surveillance Unit, gave the statistics of dengue cases for week #41 of 2018, reporting 5,603 confirmed cases, and 3 fatalities. 

During the same period of 2017, this total represents an increase of 20 percent in one year. 

Due to this alarming increase in dengue fever cases in Honduras, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has launched an emergency intervention in Tegucigalpa, which is the capital of Honduras. 

The Honduran Ministry of Health has been responding to the high number of cases of dengue by making more hospital beds available and setting up specialized units in health centers in outlying areas. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has national estimates of vaccination coverage rates by Central America country and type of vaccine.

Some Central American countries are excluded from the WHO report because there are no vaccination rate data.