Report: Refugee Tuberculosis Cases Are Under-Reported


Over 1,565 refugees resettled in the United States have active Tuberculosis, and that number is three times larger than reported by the media outlets.

According to annual reports published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 2012 refugees entering the United States have increased each year and so has the number of refugees with active Tuberculosis.

For the year:

  • 2012 – 358 active cases
  • 2013 – 396 active cases
  • 2014 – 402 active cases
  • 2015 – 409 active cases

In October 2016, Breitbart News said the fifteen states who made their data available had reported 476 cases of active TB among refugees.

CDC says 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.

CDC data shows:

“Several of the 35 states for which no data was previously available about the number of active TB cases among refugees have a significant, and previously unreported, public health problem associated with unusually high rates of active TB among refugees.”

“The number of cases of active TB among refugees in several of the 15 states for which complete or partial data was reported by those states significantly and inaccurately under-reported the true incidence of active TB among refugees.”

“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.”

There are also widely reported cases of TB in California, but statistics weren’t made available from the California Department of Public Health.

Breitbart said that 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.”


H/T: Breitbart


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