Tuberculosis – The Deadly Killer Disease and the Spectre of Illegal Immigration

In summer when the cases of unaccompanied minors were at their peak in the states of Arizona and Texas, agents of the Border Patrol who worked inside processing facilities reported how the cases of tuberculosis, scabies and other critical diseases were being brought into the United States by people who were not unvaccinated, illegal aliens. There have been a lot of warnings that are being issued by local communities, about the impact that these diseases could have in the public school system where children are being educated. There have been many protests all over the country, in places like Murrieta, California, for example, where the local residents have been turning bus loads of illegal immigrants away, stating reasons as concerns about the dangers that could arise to public health. All these protestors who have warned about the spread of diseases were in turn accused of fear mongering and exaggeration.

It is already October now, and in the month of September thousands of illegal minor children were directly transmuted into the public education system without even meeting the basic immunization requirements, and into the local hospitals in each city, for getting medical care administered. What transpired after this is really alarming -cases of tuberculosis have been popping up quite regularly, with at least 5 cases of infections that were confirmed cases of the disease. At least 700 children are being put at risk, according to reports.

Tuberculosis or consumption, as it is called, is a fatal, infectious disease, caused by various strains of “mycobacteria “; it attacks the lungs and sometimes the other parts of the body. Tuberculosis is a disease that spreads through the air through coughing, sneezing or through the exchange of other respiratory fluids in the air.

One-third of the world’s population is thought to have been infected with this dreaded disease, with new infections occurring in about 1 percent of the population each year. It is prudent to note that only 5 to 10 percent of the United States population tests positive for the disease. According to the National Network for Immunization Information, tuberculosis kills more people in the world than any other infection.

In recent times however, an alarmingly large number of cases have been coming up across the States – five babies tested positive for the infection after an employee at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease. These include children born at the hospital between September and August 2014, when it was discovered by officials that an unnamed female employee had the illness. More than 700 children may have been exposed to the disease, according to reports.

The recent surge in the illegal immigration into the country could also be one of the reasons why the occurrence of tuberculosis is increasing, but the media is not drawing any connections between two situations. Illegal immigrants put the larger population in the country at risk, as they are not tested for any potentially dangerous diseases. According to a reputed agency in the United States tuberculosis kills more people in the world than any other infection!