Refugees Are Bringing Drug-Resistant TB Into the U.S.

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The United States is facing a serious public health threat, due to the introduction of multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB), brought in by foreign refugees, according to Breitbart.

Many cases of active TB have also been discovered among foreign refugees across the U.S., which can be treated successfully in six to nine months at a cost of $17,000 per patient, Breitbart reports.

But the drug-resistant (MDR TB) treatment can take between 20 to 26 months and costs more than $150,000 per patient.

In Wisconsin alone, twenty cases of MDR TB – all from foreign-born refugees – were diagnosed between 2005 and 2012.   At a cost of $150,000 per patient, the total cost for medical treatment was an estimated $3 million – paid for by state and local taxpayers.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Related:   One in Five Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Latent Tuberculosis[/pullquote]

Over 70,000 refugees live in Wisconsin – and unlike some states, Wisconsin has not withdrawn from the federal refugee resettlement program.   The leading resettlement agency in Wisconsin, that is contracted with the federal government to resettle refugees in the state, is Luther Social Services of Wisconsin.

Tuberculosis is a contagious lung disease that is spread through the air when a person sneezes, coughs or breathes.


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