Undocumented Americans Enrich the Multicultural Tapestry With Exotic Diseases

Hope & Change is all about making America less like America and more like the rest of the world. But the reason so many people from the rest of the world are eager to come here is that America is a better place – for now:

Do amnesty advocates care that blood tainted with malaria, a disease eradicated from the USA back in the 1940s, was deemed responsible for outbreaks in California, New Jersey, NYC, and Texas?

How about Asian illegals introducing dengue fever, a viral disease previously unknown in the US, as well as hemorrhagic dengue fever, which is fatal if untreated? …

The Biblical scourge of leprosy, a “slow-growing bacillus…parasite with a tropism for peripheral nerves, skin, and mucous membranes…upper respiratory tract, anterior chamber of the eye, and the testes,” is also within our borders. In 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US. In the next three years there were 9,000, mostly in states with the largest immigrant populations.

But states not hit directly by the ongoing influx of illegal aliens won’t be left out for long. What goes around comes around. Now that immigrants are encouraged to sneak into the country instead of coming in lawfully and being screened, all sorts of horrors are going around.

Then there are contagions like Chagas Disease, a parasitic illness that was endemic to South and Central America but now infects between 100,000 and 500,000 illegal immigrants currently living in the US.

The CDC considers Chagas Disease one of the “neglected parasitic infections (NPI), a group of five parasitic diseases that have been targeted by CDC for public health action,” another of which is guinea-worm. The guinea-worm parasite, an uninvited alien of a different kind, causes severe pain as the worm works its way though a human host’s subcutaneous tissue.

Hepatitis A-E are viral infections that attack the liver. And then there’s highly-contagious tuberculosis, which had been brought under control in the US, but thanks to a border that remains open, is growing harder to control.

Incurable Multi-Drug-Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis, a strain resistant to all standard anti-TB drugs, is now on the rise in the US.

In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the CDC, concluded: “Reluctant to label the infected as ‘illegal’ or even ‘undocumented’ aliens…407 known cases of MDR-TB, 84% were ‘foreign-born’ patients, mainly from Mexico and the Philippines who’d been in the U.S. less than five years.” …

Meanwhile, despite the risk to the American people, food workers and produce handlers potentially carrying illnesses like blood-borne Hepatitis are doing “work Americans won’t do.” Then, instead of shielding the American public from catastrophe, politicians like Barack Obama, advocate for workers with potentially communicable diseases to stay.

On the positive side, importing horrific diseases from the Third World enriches the multicultural tapestry with which our liberal overlords are replacing American culture and the American people.

Chagas disease: helping to give America a new look.

On a tip from R F. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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