There are devastating consequences to President Obama’s refugee influx into the United States. These people are not being properly vetted and the rush to ‘fast-track’ them poses a very real risk to Americans. Six diseases that were recently near eradication have made a comeback.
- Whooping Cough
- Scarlet Fever
- Bubonic Plague
The near eradication of these diseases in the United States was a remarkable accomplishment for American civilization. Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good.
According to Breitbart, twenty-seven recently resettled refugees were among the 117 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed in Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
That makes the Badger State the new refugee TB capital of the United States.
In 2014, 91 cases of MDR TB were diagnosed in the United States. The CDC has yet to release the number of MDR TB cases diagnosed in 2015, though it has confirmed the number of active TB cases increased that year by 1.7 percent to 9,563.
Active TB can be successfully treated over six to nine months with a four drug combination at a total cost of $17,000 per patient.
MDR TB, however, is much more expensive to treat, and the success rate is less than the virtual 100 percent cure rate among patients treated with the standard four drug protocol for active TB.
The CDC says that it takes 20 to 26 months to treat MDR TB, at a cost of $150,000. Not all patients with MDR TB survive, even if they receive the complete treatment.
Sixty six percent of the 9,563 cases of active TB diagnosed in the United States in 2015 were foreign-born. Significantly, 90 percent of the 91 cases of MDR TB diagnosed in the United States in 2014 were foreign-born.
The high rate of TB among recently resettled refugees in Wisconsin has emerged as a potent campaign issue in one of the country’s highest profile Congressional races.
Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan for the GOP nomination to represent the First Congressional District of Wisconsin in the August 9 primary, is using Ryan’s aggressive support for the refugee resettlement program in pointed attacks on the incumbent.
“A vote for Paul Ryan is a vote for more TB in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District,” Nehlen told Breitbart News on Friday.
“Paul has voted for every budget that has funded the federal refugee resettlement program, including the most recent ‘Cromnibus Budget’ he rammed through as Speaker,” Nehlen added.
“Federal taxpayers are paying resettlement agencies, like Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin, more than $1 billion per year to resettle refugees with high rates of active tuberculosis across the country, and Paul Ryan is responsible for that,” Nehlen concluded.
Donald Trump was attacked by the media, Republicans and Democrats alike for saying we need to curtail the influx of refugees, specifically those from terrorist countries until a more thorough screening process is devised.
A more thorough screening process would not only help to weed out those with terrorist ties, it would also include proper medical exams which would help identify people with these diseases.