Skip to comments.Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border
Posted on 02/08/2007 8:53:15 AM PST by 3AngelaD
Federal researchers say neurocysticercosis, a brain infection caused by a pork tapeworm, is a "growing public health problem in the United States," especially in states bordering Mexico, where the disease is endemic. ..."international travel and immigration are bringing the disorder to areas where it is not endemic," such as this country. "Neurocysticercosis is the primary cause of epilepsy in endemic areas. This brain worm is very serious," Victor C. Tsang, chief of the immunochemistry laboratory in the Parasitic Disease Division of the CDC said... "Oral-fecal contamination is the standard route of transmission," he said of the condition... "Recent data indicate cysticercosis is an important cause of death in California," Mr. Tsang and other authors wrote in a recent report... A separate report in this month's issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that nearly 60 percent of the 221 U.S. deaths from cysticercosis between 1990 and 2002 involved California residents. "Most patients [187, or 85 percent] were foreign-born, and 137 [62 percent] had emigrated from Mexico... ..."In Hispanics and Latinos, neurocysticercosis accounts for 13.5 percent of [U.S.] emergency-room visits for seizures," federal and California investigators wrote ... "The growth is mainly due to immigration from endemic developing countries," they reported. ...These eggs are spread through food, water or surfaces contaminated with feces. "So if you have people cooking for you or handling your food who are tapeworm carriers and don't have good personal hygiene, you will be exposed to the eggs of the tapeworm" and become infected... Carriers tend to be people from rural developing countries with poor hygiene, where pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human feces. Mr. Tsang said the condition is rife in Mexico and other parts of Latin America and Central America and "in a large part of China and Africa."
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I had an alcoholic tapeworm once.
Headline has several interpretations
Do an FR search on Keyword Diseases for other 3rd-world afflictions that have crossed the borders into the US.
Open borders brings us more than just cheap lettuce.
We need our brains examined.
Thanks for all the illegals President Bush.
Just send the medical bills to the Bush White House....
And now the Bush administration is looking for ways to make it easier for foreigners with AIDS and HIV-positive foreigners to come to the U.S.; nor do we bar people with TB from visiting here or immigrating here.
When are we going to hear "You're doing a hellava job, Cherti!"?
I'm really curious about this. I live down here near the Mexican border, and there is a huge fight about hog farms going on down here. I can't help but wonder if this has more to do with the article than a real threat.
I have to go find the articles about the hog farm issue.
The hog farm issue you mention, if I remember right, is that you cannot brings hogs from Mexico, alive or in meat form, because of a disease the Mexican hogs have that is fatal to hogs, not people. I have personally been busted when returning from Mexico by the USDA people at the Houston airport for bringing in chorizo, which is a well cooked, preserved sausage sort of like salami, which cannot be imported despite the fact that it is cured. They confiscated my chorizo, huge bummer.
Top, I doubt that's going to happen until we storm the bastille with pitchforks and torches.
Those jackasses in Washington are doing precisely what they intend to do. This is all about control and who rules.
With rare exception, none of them want this country to remain a free constitutional republic.
They want slaves.
Mexico has a terrible infectious disease problem. It will not stop at the border. These sort of parasites can be caught by people from people-especially if they work in a restaurant and are not good about washing their hands. We no longer eat at fast food restaurants in our town after some of my kids friends who work at these places told us about-employees not washing hands, changing dates on yogurt, using food that should be thrown away (expired) and coughing all the time (chronic) all over the food. Some of the people working there are illegals I am sure-some aren't. According to my son's friend they had to be told to bathe regularly and wear deoderant-yuck!
People who are sick should not be allowed into the country period. It is a risk to Americans and increase the costs associated with our already expensive health care system.
It wouldn't matter if it were an outbreak of flesh eating zombies crossing the border, neither the MSM nor the Bush Administration would play it the slightest heed.
Many restaurants hire illegal Mexicans as most are hard working employees. The trouble raised in this pork tape worm article is proper food handling and premises hygiene.
If the hired illegal is unfamiliar with proper food and sanitary techniques, his or her language inability to learn from a non-bilingual supervisor could easily spread this terrible disease.
Every political and social change has unintended consequences. Illegals let in for their cheap labor caused other costs and hazards to our society. We need to tighten immigration and lack of border security to give us time to decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.
Here in central California we find that more and more farmers are of the opinion that the food contamination is mostly due to the lack of sanitaion habits of their immigrant (or alien) workers. They just won't say it publicly. The talk of tearing out the hedgerows near vegetable fields is not geared against wild animals as the MSM reports, but at eliminating a place where workers that don't like using the fiberglass outhouses that bake in the sun can squat with and not be seen.
The word is gradually spreading out among the general population and the sales of spinach and other greens has not and will not recover.
That does suck, but the farm issue here is where to put it. They want to move a 52,000 + hog farm into these areas, and the environmentalists are losing it. They say it will hurt the area. OMG, this is the freaking desert, there is nothing here to hurt. The AG businesses around here want the farm for the cheap fertilizer, but the greenies are pitching a fit. I am trying to find a link I can use for the articles I have read. But this is a Imperial Valley issue here in AZ/CA. I'm sure it isn't something the Washington paper is interested in. It just seemed so coincidental to me.
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