It’s amazing when you stop to think it took centuries for America to nearly rid itself of such diseases as tuberculosis (TB), measles, whooping cough and others. But since President Obama’s influx or surge of refugees into America, these diseases have made a comeback, especially TB.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health departments have reported significant increases in cases of TB after nearly 23 years of decline. But the sad part is, the numbers have actually been UNDERreported by almost 3 times the actual amount.
Are you really surprised? I mean what did you really expect after Obama let thousands of infected, unvetted immigrants into our country?
Between 2012 and 2015, 1,565 refugees were diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) in the United States, according to annual reports published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC data, which has been public but obscure until now, shows that the number of refugees diagnosed with active TB in recent years is more than three times greater than previously reported by any media outlet.
The number of refugees diagnosed with TB in the United States has increased every year since 2012, the first year the CDC began publishing data on foreign-born cases of the disease by category, when 358 were diagnosed. In 2013, 396 refugees were diagnosed with TB. The following year, 2014, 402 refugees were diagnosed with TB, and in 2015, the number of refugees diagnosed with TB rose again to 409. Data for 2016 has not yet been reported.
In October, Breitbart News reported that 476 cases of active TB among refugees have been reported in the fifteen states that made that data available. Thirty-five states did not make the data available, even though they had apparently reported it to the CDC:
At least eight cases of active TB were diagnosed among refugees upon their arrival in Minnesota in 2015, bringing the total number of cases of active TB among refugees in Minnesota over the past six years to at least 304. That also increases the number of active TB cases diagnosed among refugees over the past six years in the fifteen states in which Breitbart News has been able to obtain data to 476, broken down as follows:
Minnesota (304), Wisconsin (27), Nebraska (21), Louisiana (21), Michigan (19), Vermont (17), Colorado (16), Florida (11), Ohio (11 in one county), Idaho (7), Kentucky (9 in one county), North Dakota (4 in one county), Indiana (4), California (3), and Tennessee, where two refugees have been diagnosed with the very dangerous, multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB.
Until Breitbart News discovered the public, but effectively hidden, CDC reports, the scale of the TB problem among refugees was underreported by more than 1,000 cases over recent years – off by a factor of more than three.
The number of refugees resettled annually in the United States increased from 58,238 in FY 2012 to 69,933 in FY 2015, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The number of refugees resettled in FY 2016 increased to 84,995, according to the Department of State’s interactive website. During the first three months of FY 2017, the number of refugees resettled in the country increased to 25,671, almost double the 13,791 resettled during the first three months of FY 2016.
The total number of TB cases diagnosed in the United States declined from 9,945 in 2012 to 9,421 in 2014. In 2015, however, for the first time in 23 years, the number of TB cases diagnosed in the United States increased, instead of declined, to 9,557.
Georgia, for instance, is the most surprising untold story. During the four years between 2012 and 2015, 96 cases of active TB were diagnosed among refugees in the Peach State. On a per capita basis, Georgia has one of the highest instances of refugee TB of any state in the country. Yet nowhere has this important story been reported.
Texas is known to have one of the highest rates of foreign-born TB in the country. What was not previously reported, however, is the significant role refugees have played in that phenomenon. During the four years between 2012 and 2015, 186 cases of active TB were diagnosed among refugees in the Lone Star State.
Similarly, it has been widely reported that TB is a public health issue in California.
Again, it’s no surprise to me! What did you really expect from a president who let in thousands of illegal refugees? Refugees who were not vetted properly. What is really absurd is YOU and I – the taxpayers – are going to have to pay for this problem. A problem and serious health threat that didn’t have to happen.
Let’s break it down. Shall we? Let’s estimate there were about 85,000 refugees brought into America in 2016. If 22% of those refugees or 1870 refugees had TB, and the cost of treatment were $17,000/refugee, that means it would cost taxpayers about $32 million to support TB treatment for the estimated number of refugees Obama brought into America in just ONE year. And unfortunately, that’s just dealing with the treatment of TB. We all know Obama brought in more refugees with more than one disease.
Sick isn’t it? American taxpayers and their children are going to be paying to protect our children’s health and safety against a serious health threat in America over the next generation to come. Thanks Obama. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
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