“Refugees” Bring Multi-Drug Resistant TB to Wisconsin

Third World “refugees” (actually economic migrants/future democrats) are bringing TB, including drug resistant strains, into the United States.

Here in various posts at teriobrien.com, such as this one and this one, and on The Teri O’Brien Show, we have been following the serious public health issues raised by the importation of the Third World to our country, including the return of tuberculosis,  including new more drug-resistant strains.

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One-time Teri O’Brien Show guest, Michael Patrick Leahy, (“The Man Who Exposed Elizabeth Warren’s Phony Native American Claim”:  the Teri O’Brien Show, 5/13/12) has been reporting over at Breitbart on the migrants bringing disease into the United States. Here’s his latest:

 Two refugees and a foreign student on a visa brought multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011, according to a 2014 article in an epidemiology publication written with the cooperation of the doctors who treated them.

The introduction of MDR TB to the United States represents a serious public health threat, since its successful treatment is uncertain and very expensive. Active TB can usually be treated successfully in six to nine months at a cost of $17,000 per patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but MDR TB treatment costs more than $150,000 per patient and can take between 20 and 26 months.

The six to nine month treatment regimen for active TB, which has been standard practice in the United States for some 50 years, involves a combination of four drugs: rifampin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol.

Over the past several decades, new strains of TB have developed around the world which are resistant to at least two of these four drugs, hence the term MDR TB. Treatment for MDR TB begins only after the patient is observed to be resistant to the standard four drug protocol. Subsequent to diagnosis, a number of expensive “second level” drugs are added to the patient’s treatment regimen.

Twenty cases of MDR TB, all foreign-born, were diagnosed in Wisconsin over the eight year period between 2005 and 2012, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Twelve of these cases were from the Hmong people in Laos (though Case 2  in the 2014 article was categorized as “drug resistant,” not formally MDR-TB, it was probably included among these 12, as well as Case 2’s “close household contact”), four were from India (including Case 3 from the 2014 article), one was from Burma (including Case 1 from the 2014 article), and one each were from China, Ethiopia, and Nepal.

State and local taxpayers in Wisconsin paid for the treatment of these twenty foreign-born cases of MDR TB. At a cost of $150,000 per patient, the total cost was an estimated $3 million.

Details of the cases are in Michael’s piece, and I recommend that you read the whole thing, as scary as it is.

Wait-there’s more! Also from Michael’s Breitbart:

But there’s even more troubling TB health news on the horizon.

“Extensively Drug-resistant TB (XDR TB) is a rare type of MDR TB that is resistant to isoniazid and rifampin, plus any fluoroquinolone and at least one of three injectable second-line drugs (i.e., amikacin, kanamycin, or capreomycin),” the CDC reports.

“Because XDR TB is resistant to the most potent TB drugs, patients are left with treatment options that are much less effective,” the CDC notes.

The CDC estimates that XDR TB can take 36 months to treat at a cost of $482,000 per patient, more than triple the cost of treating MDR TB, and more than 25 times the cost of treating a patient with active TB.

“A total of 83 cases of XDR-TB were reported in the United States from 1993 to 2007,” one recent report notes, adding, “Worldwide emergence of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has raised global public health concern, given the limited therapy options and high mortality.”

There was at least one case of XDR TB in the United States in 2015, a traveler from India, as NBC reported.

What is scarier–the risk to public health from the re-emergence of these Third World diseases or the dangerous stealth jihadists hiding among the “refugees?” Please let me know in the comments below.

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