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(December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs
The Morning News NWA Online ^ | December 10, 2007 | By John Lyon

Posted on 02/07/2008 8:36:10 PM PST by navysealdad

LITTLE ROCK -- The people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands are among the unhealthiest people in the world. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale, AR. and the surrounding areas, of whom 867 are children enrolled in the Springdale School District, Pritchard told the House and Senate Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese.

Lawmakers also heard testimony from a leader in the Marshallese immigrant community who cried as she asked the legislators to do something to help. Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, said the risk of an outbreak of serious disease is high and described the situation as a "time bomb."

Bates said the rate of leprosy in the Marshall Islands is the highest in the world, yet no survey has been done to determine the extent of the disease in among Marshallese immigrants in Arkansas.

"We think there are two to three times more cases of leprosy than we know about," he said.


TOPICS: US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: aliens; arkansas; communicabledisease; diseases; immigrantlist; immigration; leprosy; marshallislands; publichealth; springdale; syphilis
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1 posted on 02/07/2008 8:36:12 PM PST by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

Better get the ‘compassion’ pill out we are all going to need it.


2 posted on 02/07/2008 8:38:05 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: navysealdad

Please excuse my ignorance, but I’ve never heard of such a large immigrant population from the Pacific.

Why are they here? Were they relocated due to nuclear testing, or what?


3 posted on 02/07/2008 8:41:56 PM PST by Constitution Day (Yuckabee '08. I'd prefer another letter, but it would get me suspended.)
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To: navysealdad

Why are we letting all these people into the US? Do we want to be a third world country, too? Unbelievable!


4 posted on 02/07/2008 8:42:27 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Constitution Day

There are lots of Pacific Islanders who have moved to the US, and I expect that they tend to group together. (I knew somebody whose husband was from Tonga, and there was a large community of them in town.)


5 posted on 02/07/2008 8:43:49 PM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

That is really interesting... I had no idea!


6 posted on 02/07/2008 8:44:57 PM PST by Constitution Day (Yuckabee '08. I'd prefer another letter, but it would get me suspended.)
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To: navysealdad
They'll have to change the Statue of Liberty to say:

"Give us your tired, your poor, your rotting lepers yearning to be free..."

7 posted on 02/07/2008 8:46:30 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: navysealdad

Let’s see if Huckabee declares that is divine retribution for speaking against the Lord’s annointed.


8 posted on 02/07/2008 8:49:01 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Constitution Day

In 1986, a compact was created between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The compact granted the Marshall Islands — the site of numerous nuclear tests between 1947 and 1962 — its sovereignty and allowed the U.S. to continue maintaining a missile test site at the Kwajalein Atoll.

The compact also allows citizens of the Marshall Islands to live and work in the United States without being subject to U.S. immigration laws, but they are ineligible for Medicare, non-emergency Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and most other forms of federally-funded public assistance.

Diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy are alarmingly common among Marshallese immigrants, yet many are unable to afford treatment, according to Pritchard.

“Very often they do not come in for some help until the disease has (caused) very serious physical symptoms and is very far advanced,” he said. “So you can imagine the time bomb that we’re sitting on here with ... 6,000-8,000 folks freely traveling in and out of this country and in and out of the state, that when we have an outbreak of serious disease, it is going to be a state health problem.”

Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and eight cases of leprosy, all Marshallese.

Bates said the rate of leprosy in the Marshall Islands is the highest in the world, yet no survey has been done to determine the extent of the disease in among Marshallese immigrants in Arkansas.

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/12/10/news/121107lrmarshalleseimmig.txt


9 posted on 02/07/2008 8:49:02 PM PST by BGHater ("Ron Paul won every debate!" Rudy Giuliani)
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To: r9etb

There’s some sort of treaty that relaxes immigration laws for Pacific Islanders. Many of the homeless in Hawaii aren’t even Hawaiian, for example, they’re from other pacific countries.


10 posted on 02/07/2008 8:49:54 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: BGHater

Thanks. I didn’t think this was an excerpt, so I didn’t follow the link.

I knew it must have something to do with the military or nuclear testing, though.


11 posted on 02/07/2008 8:51:55 PM PST by Constitution Day (Yuckabee '08. I'd prefer another letter, but it would get me suspended.)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Why are we letting all these people into the US? Do we want to be a third world country, too?

Yes we do. Come to Minnesota where we have the Hmong with TB in the schools. Third world country YAY!

12 posted on 02/07/2008 8:51:55 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Pining_4_TX
Why are we letting all these people into the US? Do we want to be a third world country, too? Unbelievable!

Curb your xenophobic outrage. They're here legitimately (if in poor health).

The Marshall Islands have a special relationship with the U.S. Our relations are governed by the Compact of Free Association, through which Marshall Islanders enjoy certain privileges, including with regard to employment and immigration.

You can click Here for more details.

13 posted on 02/07/2008 8:52:59 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Lijahsbubbe

My nephew goes to college in MN. I hear you have quite a few Somalians as well. What on earth are we doing? It’s nuts!


14 posted on 02/07/2008 8:53:42 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Free ThinkerNY

.......give thee the highest medical cost to me....


15 posted on 02/07/2008 8:53:54 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: 1066AD
There’s some sort of treaty that relaxes immigration laws for Pacific Islanders.

For Marshall Islanders, at any rate. See the links at #13.

16 posted on 02/07/2008 8:54:10 PM PST by r9etb
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To: navysealdad

This diversity is just gonna make us stronger, right?


17 posted on 02/07/2008 8:54:21 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: navysealdad
Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese.

It sounds like they've been taking this Marshallese singer to heart:


18 posted on 02/07/2008 8:55:05 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh yeah, and -

I leave my wallet at the White House door.....


19 posted on 02/07/2008 8:55:34 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: navysealdad

Leprosy is another form of Herpes virus.


20 posted on 02/07/2008 8:56:45 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

It’s way out of control and I really don’t see anything good coming. The immigrants of old dealt with the ridicule, distrust, and bigotry as well, but they carried their weight.

The neo immigrants come for the handouts with no requirements and with many no loyalty. Our pocketbooks can only take so much.


21 posted on 02/07/2008 8:58:33 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Pining_4_TX

could we AT LEAST make sure that these immigrants aren’t bringing in a dread disease?????

I pray for our kids and hope to god these idiots don’t kill them with some disease that our grandparents eradicated in this country.


22 posted on 02/07/2008 8:59:26 PM PST by annelizly
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To: Lijahsbubbe

That’s how we got this drug resistant TB. It came in with the boat people. I used to be a dental hygienist and I had an epidemiologist for a patient. He used to keep me up dated on what to watch out for.


23 posted on 02/07/2008 9:00:30 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: navysealdad

Bring us your tired, your poor, your emboldened masses infected with leprosy... The wretched refuse of all other shores... Send these, who work the system, no matter the cost to me... I empty my pockets and open my doors!”


24 posted on 02/07/2008 9:01:36 PM PST by Captainpaintball (www.whathappenedtojohnmccaininthehanoihilton.com)
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To: Eva
Leprosy is another form of Herpes virus.

If there is a case of TB in a school, they will not tell you what class, or age due to student confidentiality. I'm sure that it would be helpful for parents to know where the infection is, since this is spread by coughing.

25 posted on 02/07/2008 9:04:05 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Eva
Leprosy is another form of Herpes virus.

BEEP! Thanks for playing, but NO! Leprosy is caused by a bacteria and is pretty easy to treat.

26 posted on 02/07/2008 9:06:58 PM PST by Dianna
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To: Lijahsbubbe

If I knew that there was TB in my child’s school, I would send them to school wearing a surgical mask. There is no reason to expose your child to an infectious disease. That’s like the parents who used expose their kids to measles, mumps, or chicken pox and then have their kid be the one with permanent damage, like loss of hearing.


27 posted on 02/07/2008 9:07:55 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: navysealdad

...sure open them borders


28 posted on 02/07/2008 9:09:50 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Eva

Political correctness at the expense of others.


29 posted on 02/07/2008 9:11:31 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Dianna
Leprosy is not only fairly easy to treat, most varieties of this disease are NOT contagious.
30 posted on 02/07/2008 9:13:49 PM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

The school should have a protocol developed by epidemiologists. It may not include you knowing who the original case is, but it would act to isolate those who have contact with that person and initiate testing and if necessary medication.


31 posted on 02/07/2008 9:15:39 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: Eva

If there is TB at your school and the district is non-responsive, I would hold my child out and ask for a new school assignment. I would think the school would have the health department there already responding as I indicated above.


32 posted on 02/07/2008 9:17:19 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: Dianna

When I was in school they told us it was a form of herpes. I just looked it up and you are right, but it is often found along with herpes, so maybe that is why someone taught us incorrectly. Anyway, they said that it was not so easy to treat. I ‘ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out why, though, because my satellite connection is not working very well tonight.


33 posted on 02/07/2008 9:17:21 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: purpleraine

Sending your kid to school, wearing a surgical mask could trigger a mass revolt, though. That might get a faster reaction from the school board.


34 posted on 02/07/2008 9:19:21 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: r9etb; Pining_4_TX
"Curb your xenophobic outrage."

Sigh. Who, besides political elitists and globalists, wants their country to be overrun with third-worlders and their diseases and inferior cultures? Have you noticed that our population is being radically altered without our consent? It's not "xenophobic." Wanting to preserve your own country, culture and citizens is healthy and sane. Sorry, but we shouldn't be importing people with leprosy.

35 posted on 02/07/2008 9:20:09 PM PST by teawithmisswilliams (Basta, already!)
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To: r9etb

To be fair, legal immigrants from the early 1900s banded together as well.

This is why places such as Red Lodge, MT, in the coal mining region, had a ‘Festival of Nations’ the entire time I was growing up and had a 100% Italian grandmother and a 100% Austrian grandfather who lived their entire lives there.


36 posted on 02/07/2008 9:22:27 PM PST by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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To: r9etb
Others as well.
37 posted on 02/07/2008 9:22:28 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: Eva

If there was TB at my kids school and nothing was being done, I’d not send them there. If you want to, help yourself.


38 posted on 02/07/2008 9:28:00 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: navysealdad; SE Mom; Ahban; Amazed1953; AmericanHeroes.com; Andy E.; Arkansas Gal; ArkieGirl52; ...

Heads UP!

Dog gone it! I was in Springdale three days
ago! Do I need a shower?

Interesting side note...I believe it was a Marshall Islander who shot all those people at the church in Neosho, Mo last year.


39 posted on 02/07/2008 9:29:23 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: Carling

And why two Sicilian immigrants, one a coal miner, met in Switzer, WVA and became my grandparents.


40 posted on 02/07/2008 9:29:46 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: r9etb

“The Marshall Islands have a special relationship with the U.S. Our relations are governed by the Compact of Free Association, through which Marshall Islanders enjoy certain privileges, including with regard to employment and immigration.”

You say that as if it were a good thing. Sorry, I’m not buying it.

We are welcoming a whole horde of people who are uneducated, poor, diseased, and bringing their various tribal and religious conflicts with them. No thanks. Why can’t we bring in immigrants who will contribute something positive rather than be a drain on our resources? If that is xenophobic, then count me in.


41 posted on 02/07/2008 9:31:09 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Eva
Glad you brought it up, actually. Leprosy and tuberculosis are caused by the same genus, a bacillus named Mycobacterium, the former Mycobacterium leprae and the latter (big surprise) Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is exceedingly interesting that both of these are present in the same population. The organisms are difficult to treat with antibiotics because they have a lipid (fatty) coating that prevents them from absorbing the antibiotics. Some of the ones that do work are the sulfones, which is pretty wicked stuff. Beats dying, I guess, but only barely.

I stayed up nights studying this stuff a long time ago and I'm gonna get something out of it, dang it! ;-)

42 posted on 02/07/2008 9:33:25 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: navysealdad

Unfortunately, this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg of what is to come.


43 posted on 02/07/2008 9:39:10 PM PST by TheLion
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To: navysealdad

Just as long as none of them live near our elite lawmakers, I don’t see a problem.


44 posted on 02/07/2008 9:41:34 PM PST by Post5203 (Waiting for the American Revolution Part II)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Why are we letting all these people into the US? Do we want to be a third world country, too? Unbelievable!

Marshall Islanders are in the US because the Marshall Islands is a Republic in free association with the United States. That means that the United States guarantees its defense, subsidizes its entire economy, allows free passage of its citizens, and, in return, gets to drops hydrogen bombs on it from time to time.

45 posted on 02/07/2008 9:42:49 PM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: navysealdad

Also, avoid eating dirty squirrels....


46 posted on 02/07/2008 9:44:59 PM PST by egginanest ( We don't know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it. -Will Rogers-)
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To: Pining_4_TX
You say that as if it were a good thing. Sorry, I’m not buying it. We are welcoming a whole horde of people who are uneducated, poor, diseased, and bringing their various tribal and religious conflicts with them. No thanks

Well, before 1986, the Marshall Islands was effectively a territory of the United States. Now it's an independent nation. Would you rather the US reassert its sovereignty over the archepelago? It's not like the US dropped hydrogen bombs on them or anything...

47 posted on 02/07/2008 9:45:50 PM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Constitution Day
Why are they here? Were they relocated due to nuclear testing, or what?

Well, maybe I can answer the question with a photo of Bikini Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands:


48 posted on 02/07/2008 9:49:41 PM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Alter Kaker

How about we make sure they are at least healthy before we let them into the country?


49 posted on 02/07/2008 9:50:57 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: purpleraine

I guess we aren’t pure US “bluebloods”. /sar


50 posted on 02/07/2008 9:56:06 PM PST by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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