"Refugees" Bringing TB to U.S.

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    From Breitbart:

    The Congo, Burma, and Bhutan are countries with high rates of active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI).

    90 percent of the 4,650 refugees resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, or 4202, were medically screened within the first three months of their arrival, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

    Of those screened, 21 percent (896) tested positive for LTBI.

    Only four percent of the general population in the United States tests positive for LTBI.

    A recent UC San Diego study concluded that high rates of LTBI among resettled refugees “increase risk of active TB in refugee resettlement communities.”

    The rate of LTBI among refugees resettled in other states ranges from 35 percent to 12 percent in these states: Vermont (35 percent), Tennessee (27 percent), Indiana (26 percent), Minnesota (22 percent), Texas (15 percent), and California (12 percent). In addition, one county in North Dakota reports a 29 percent rate of LTBI infection among recently arrived refugees.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/28/seven-refugees-active-tb-sent-idaho/

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