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Cuban migrant dies while stranded on Panama-Costa Rica border

Cuban migrants sit outside the immigration office in Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. More than 1,000 Cuban migrants heading north to the United States tried to cross the border from Costa Rica into Nicaragua, causing tensions to soar between the neighbors as security forces sought to turn them back. Nicaragua's government responded furiously on Sunday with a statement saying that Costa Rica "had deliberately and irresponsibly thrown, and continues to throw" the Cuban migrants into its territory, violating its national sovereignty. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Cuban migrants sit outside the immigration office in PeƱas Blancas, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. More than 1,000 Cuban migrants heading north to the United States tried to cross the border from Costa Rica into Nicaragua, causing tensions to soar between the neighbors as security forces sought to turn them back. Nicaragua's government responded furiously on Sunday with a statement saying that Costa Rica "had deliberately and irresponsibly thrown, and continues to throw" the Cuban migrants into its territory, violating its national sovereignty. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  ((AP Photo/Esteban Felix))

A Cuban migrant has died of flu symptoms while stranded on the Panama-Costa Rica border along with hundreds of other Cubans who have been trying to reach the United States.

Panamanian health authorities say the 53-year-old man died Monday night of severe respiratory problems after being examined at a local hospital.

As a result of the death, authorities plan to roll out a vaccine and illness prevention campaign among the roughly 1,000 Cubans stuck in makeshift shelters in Panama.

The death comes as thousands of Cubans are migrating through Central America in fear that warming U.S.-Cuban relations could end their special immigration privileges in the United States.

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