Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho
by Shari Dovale
Active tuberculosis (TB) is being diagnosed in refugees shortly after their resettlement in Idaho.
Breitbart reports that seven refugees were diagnosed between 2011 and 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
4,650 refugees were resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015. Of these, 17 percent, or 785 were from Iraq, 15 percent, or 708, were from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12 percent, or 554, were from Bhutan, and 11 percent, or 500, were from Burma.
The Congo, Burma, and Bhutan are countries with high rates of active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI).
90 percent of the 4,650 refugees resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, or 4202, were medically screened within the first three months of their arrival, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Of those screened, 21 percent (896) tested positive for LTBI.
Only four percent of the general population in the United States tests positive for LTBI.
The refugee program in Idaho has been in the news recently after it was reported that two young refugees from Sudan and one young refugee from Iraq were arrested and charged with sexual assault of a five year old girl at an apartment complex in Twin Falls, Idaho.
The truth has taken weeks to be revealed, as citizens questioning city officials came under fire from Law Enforcement and pro-refugee activists. The attempts to hide the facts from the public has only made this issue even more contentious.
Could this little girl be the first to fall victim to this disease?
The Federal Government, through Idaho US Attorney Wendy J. Olson, appointed by President Obama in 2010, had made threats to any American who would dare to comment publicly on this rape.
The members of the Coalition of Western States, (COWS) wanted to know the truth. They traveled to Twin Falls and investigated the allegations. You can read their findings here.
Additionally, the members of COWS let the victims know that there are still Americans who are not swayed by political correctness and are willing to stand with them regardless of the threats.
The current screening process for immigrants and refugees does not even seem to equal those of long past, at Ellis Island. We have more tools to work with, and much more knowledge of the dangers from these diseases.
It is time that the government step up to the plate and put it’s citizens first.
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