UH OH . . . Refugees Bring TUBERCULOSIS to Minnesota


In the past, when some of our immigration policies made sense, immigrants who tested positive for certain diseases were kept in quarantine until they were well enough to join the general population.

Anyone who has seen The Godfather knows the famous scene of a young Vito Corlione being quarantined at Ellis Island.

Now, we’ve got Tuberculosis in Minnesota. Powerline reports:


Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it.

The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health studyThe Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Minnesota, 2010-2014. This therefore comes as news to me:

Two hundred and ninety-six refugees were diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) between 2010 and 2014 in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Seventy-one were diagnosed within one year of their arrival, while 225 were diagnosed after the first year, but within five years of their arrival.

The number of active TB cases reported among refugees arriving in Minnesota is ten times higher than reported in any of the fourteen other states that have released refugee TB data to the public, or made it available to Breitbart News.

Of course, none of our social betters in Washington will ever have to worry about this.

They don’t take refugees in their neighborhoods.


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