Guatemalan immigrant dies of rabies shortly after arriving in United States

Posted on June 16, 2013 • Filed under: Expatriate Dies, Latin America

According to, an immigrant from Guatemala died while in U.S. custody from what doctors diagnosed as rabies, immigration officials said Wednesday. Federico Mendez-Hernandez, 28, died Tuesday at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended Mendez-Hernandez on May 9 after he entered the country illegally near Hidalgo. On May 18, he was taken to a Kingsville hospital after showing rabies-like symptoms. He was transferred the next day to the hospital in Corpus Christi. Read article

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