One In Five Refugees In Minnesota Test Positive For Tuberculosis

PHOTO BY KHI  ---- An estimated 700 to 1,000 Somali refugees are living in Emporia, a magnet for the refugees because of jobs at the Tyson Foods meatpacking plant.

Only 4 percent of the US population tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent disease analysis, while in Minnesota, 22 percent of the resettled refugees in the state tested positive for the disease, reports Breitbart.

Minnesota had 150 known cases of TB in 2015. 

26 percent of all TB cases among the foreign-born were people from Somalia.

According to the World Health Organization, “Somalia is estimated to have one of the highest incidence rates of TB in the world.”

Minnesota has the largest number of Somalians in the US, estimated to be around 30,000, the majority of which have come via the refugee resettlement program.

Breitbart:  More than 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States annually for the past three decades by the federal government. It’s not just tuberculosis being brought in by these resettled refugees. Measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, and other diseases that were on their way to eradication are also coming in across the borders of the United States.

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The Minnesota Health Department’s data from 2015 indicates that the number of TB cases nationally has risen (for the first time in 23 years) by a 1.7% increase.    This directly corresponds with the same time period that the US has increased the number of foreign refugees admitted into the country.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2014, nationwide, 66% of all reported TB cases in the US were among foreign-born people.

Four states which have the highest number of foreign-born people accounted for more than half the nation’s TB cases.

Breitbart says:

An alternative public health policy – one that the United States used for decades in the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century – is to test immigrants and refugees for infectious disease before they are allowed into the country.

In that earlier era, those who tested positive were sent home. Today, however, many are welcomed in and pose a risk of infecting the rest of the American population.


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