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On Fronteras: Border Zika Surveillance, Breaking Female Mutilation Taboos, El Camino del Inmigrant

Katie Schoolov
Maha Hussein visits her obstetrician and gynecologist, Aug. 2, 2016.

This week on Fronteras: 

  • Laredo steps up surveillance efforts to prevent Zika outbreak.
  • The sensitive story of a Somalian refugee trying to break the taboo against treatment for complications from female genital mutilation.
  • 100 faith and community leaders embark on a march to demonstrate ”El Camino del Inmigrante,” the “Path of the Immigrant.”
  • Why Hatch chiles are hyped this time of year.  


Laredo Braces For Zika Outbreak
As the Zika virus spreads in Latin America, cities along the Texas-Mexico border are boosting their surveillance efforts. Laredo is the largest inland port in the U.S. and the center of trade with Mexico. As Texas Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank reports, the city’s health department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make sure Zika isn’t among Laredo’s imports.
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Breaking The Taboos On Female Genital Mutilation
This story may be disturbing to sensitive listeners and may not be one you want children to hear.  It’s about female genital mutilation, a procedure performed on young girls in 30 countries.  Years later, these women can suffer serious medical complications but getting treatment is often considered taboo.  Some are refugees here in the U.S.   Jean Guerrero of KPBS tells the story of a San Diego woman breaking those taboos.
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Marching The Path Of The Immigrant
A group of faith and community leaders from across America are on the border marching “El Camino del Inmigrante”, “The Path of the Immigrant."  Participants left   San Diego a week ago on an 11 day, 150-mile walk to Los Angeles.  It’s an attempt to inspire empathy for immigrants.  Maureen Cavanaugh of KPBS spoke with one of the group’s leaders, Noel Castellanos, president of the Christian Community Development Organization.  
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What’s Behind The Hatch Chile Hype
You may have seen Hatch chile peppers heavily hyped in Texas grocery stores this month and you may wonder why.  What exactly is a Hatch chile pepper and how is it different from other chile peppers?  Or is it?  KUT’s Kate McGee went looking for answers.
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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules