Four refugees sent to Indiana have been diagnosed with active tuberculosis.
These refugees were sent by the Office of Refugee Resettlement last year once they arrived.
Now, latent tuberculosis is not infectious, but that’s not what these refugees had. They had active TB, which only about 10 percent of those with latent TB get.
Active TB is infectious, and people were inevitably exposed.
It shows — Indiana’s TB rate was on a down trend for the 54 years preceding 2010, but no longer. Last year, 400 migrants with latent TB moved to Indiana, according to state records.
Dr. Jane Orient, the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons spoke with Breitbart News last week, and she was concerned, too.
“Tuberculosis is one of the most lethal infectious diseases in history,” she said. “It is easily transmitted, say on a public bus [and] increasingly, it is becoming highly resistant to all our antibiotics.”
The disease travels by air and is “caused by a group of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. General symptoms may include a prolonged, productive cough, blood-tinged sputum, night sweats, fever, fatigue, and weight loss,” according to the Indiana Department of Health.
Although it is not proven that these refugees had active TB before they got to the United States, it is the most likely possibility. It is also entirely possible their latent TB evolved into something much deadlier after they passed the federal screening, and the Indiana health screening. The time between the two is between one to three months.
The Indiana report doesn’t specify where the infected refugees originated, though about 80 percent of the state’s refugees apparently come from Burma. Still, the incidents highlight just how careful the United States needs to be in bringing in people from around the world.
“Refugees” from the Middle East have already posed a danger in European countries.
Infectious diseases are a different kind of danger. But either way, this is strongly indicative of a weak point on our vetting system, and much more attention is sorely needed.
H/T Gateway Pundit
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