Farmworkers And Swine Flu

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 4, 2009

Because they have ties to relatives or friends in Mexico, farm workers could be among the most vulnerable to the spreading virus. There are challenges to providing information and assistance to them. Language is a problem. And undocumented workers, concerned about the cost of medical care or the possibility of deportation, might not seek help if they get sick.
In Stanislaus County a special effort is being made to get information about the virus to those who aren’t fluent in the English language according to Royjinder Singh, spokesman for an Emergency Operations Center.

"Right now we do have Spanish taken care of. We are in the process of getting the message translated to a few other languages."

Health officials say they’re only concerned about a patient’s medical condition, not their ability to pay or their legal status.