Respiratory Disease Among Unaccompanied Children

2014 | June 24 – August 5, 2014

During October 2013–June 2014, approximately 54,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, were identified attempting entry into the U.S. from Mexico.

Once identified in the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Protection processed the unaccompanied children and transferred them to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

ORR cares for the children in shelters until they can be released to a sponsor who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed.

Border patrol agent giving paper to child and mother

In July 2014, CDC was informed of 16 different cases of unaccompanied children who were hospitalized with respiratory disease. ORR asked CDC to investigate the scope of the outbreak and implement measures to interrupt transmission.