Skip to comments.Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas
Posted on 02/08/2008 8:23:57 AM PST by Originalist
SPRINGDALE - The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon.
Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career...
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Exactly. Thank you Senator McCain.
Don’t forget to add in increases in polio, TB, and whooping cough too.
Yup. We’re getting people who have never had their shots overrunning our borders and they’re bringing back all the “old” diseases.
Didn’t folks wanting to immigrate have to be quarantined for a period of time? (The memory’s beginning to go, you know, LOL.)
Sorry, but it’s legal immigration:
BGHater posted this on the other thread:
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 Childrens 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 were 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.
Check this out Ping
Someone go tell Bill to wash his damn hands.
this might be something for huckabee to tend to. surely curing lepers would get some attention . . .
I would prefer the immigration to be conducted as it was 100 years ago. All immigrants are checked out by a doctor at the border or dock and the doctor decides if they go further or go into quarantine.
The current Monty Hall method of immigration "Come on down!" is not the safest for a variety of reasons.
Our misgoverned try to enforce this for the legal immigrants. That's why people have to wait after they apply, not only disease checks / inoculations have to take place, but criminal checks too. Then their name goes into the lottery hat each quarter as to a yea or nay after the requirements and fees have been fulfilled. If you are Hispanic, you simple flip off the system and walk or swim in with your disease and criminal record and then get free money.
Bingham says without cooperation, leprosy, which has no vaccine, and is transmitted through the air, will spread, and could easily become an epidemic. "People absolutely should be concerned. What I'm afraid of, is when people start thinking about it enough, it will already be out of control."
So now, Bingham, and others like Mayoral candidate Nancy Jenkins, say government help is the next step. Jenkins says she's angered the federal government has been so lax with border patrol. She says, "We've just opened the borders and said, 'Come on in! Bring your diseases! Bring 'em!' Why are we doing that? Those who have it need to be quarantined and treated, or sent back to their country."
Jeez Louisez! And where did this come from? Hey Jorge, hope they camp on the White House lawn!!!
Before or after he whacks off in the sink?
Call Father Damian!
Why, oh why, do we adopt nanny statism on EVERYTHING EXCEPT IMMIGRATION?
Multiculturalism and diversity are our strengths.
This is “breaking news,” but the sugar plant explosion, and the tornado outbreak, aren’t???
And how is John McCain responsible for legal immigration from the Marshall Islands?
Q: What did the leper say to the hooker?
A: Keep the tip.
Haven’t a clue what algorithm the Mod Squad uses to determine what is “breaking”.
Explosions, earthquakes and tornadoes all break things, after all...
Just in time for the man from Hope to show us all that he is the Savior and one true heir to the great one, Ronald Reagen. </s>
Anyways, best of luck to the victims, really freaky to have that stuff still here in the US.
It's endemic to the armadillos. No shortage of native armadillos in AR...
Thanks for bringing that up....
Our ‘little’ event is dominating the news, radio, emails, all the hospitals and will effect our economy here.
I still have the medical exam card for my grandmother who came to the USA from England around 1900 at age one.
It was around a 12 day trip on a steamship.
Her card had to be signed off by the ships' doctor EVERY day saying she showed no sign of any illness.
Should she have shown signs of illness, it would have been back to England.
That's even worse. That shows we are doing a really poor job of screening immigrants who use the system legally...
I didn’t mean to downplay this news. I just meant that the other news items should also be in breaking news, and it mystifies me as to why they aren’t.
I agree, this is news too...
but when you have an industrial accident what basically destroys a 90 year old business, kills and injures as many as this did, plus will effect a city’s economy for years....
Geez, what is important?
Oh, you know I thought you were referring to the leprosy news. ;-) Yes, the sugar plant news, and the tornado news, are huge events that are affecting many!
There has been a fair sized community of Marshall Islanders in Springdale for a long time. They have been a health problem all this time. When they are diagnosed with something like this or even worse they usually refuse to take any medication unless paid for each dose and the health department has to watch them take the dose or they otherwise won’t do it. Very few of them will work as they have learned the welfare game very well. They are citizens because the Marshall Islands are under a U.S. mandate.
“Sorry, but its legal immigration:”
That system is as corrupt and unworkable as illegal immigration. USCIS allowed hundreds of thousands of visa applicants to be approved with no vetting. And it just gets worse. Over 4 million ‘temp workers’ have overstayed their visas and wandering around ‘somewhere’. Some were found with current green cards growing dope in our national forests who belonged to well known Mexican crime families.
There is no vetting going on.
And don't forget cysticercosis, infection with pork tapeworm larvae. Call me paranoid, but I really don't want some illegal alien who saw toilet paper for the first time last week and still hasn't quite mastered its use making my salad or hamburger.
I’ve worked in NWRegional SICU in Springdale, so I am very familiar with the Marshallese in the area. I had forgotten that they were legal immigrants. But you are dead on.
Yep, for sure. Hopefully, McCain has by now become a believer in building a fence and shutting down illegal immigration should he become POTUS. Anyway, she can hope. Btw and just fyi, there has been leprosy in Louisiana since the slave days and although the numbers of infected are now small, it has never been completely stamped out. Also, a little known factoid; armadillos have been known to be carriers of leprosy. So, if you ever happen to be in Louisiana or Arkansas and spot an armadillo crossing your path, suggest you not pick up and snuggle with one of these critters.
Thanks, snoringbear, I’ll keep that in mind the next time I decide to snuggle up with an armadillo. lol
Springdale is the location of the headquarters of Tyson Foods Inc., the largest meat producing company in the world, and has been dubbed the "Chicken Capital of the World" by several publications. Residents of the surrounding areas refer to the city as "Chickendale" - a name that was once shunned by Springdale residents.
I got my info from people who work in the Washington County Health Unit. Any time you want get the conversation heated up you just mention the Marshallese. Off of duty hours of course.
I definitely agree.
Effects of illegal immigration, Ping.
Q: How do you know you got a Valentine from a leper?
A: The tongue is still on the envelope.
Q: Did you hear about the three lepers playing poker?
A: One threw his hand in, another laughed his head off, and the third cried his eyes out.
Q: Why did the leper leave the party early?
A: Others started to use the back of his head for chip dip.
Man!! That’s the last time I snuggle with an armadillo! Can’t trust ANYTHING these days.