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Mexican With Tuberculosis Allowed Into Texas 20 Times in 2007 ^ | Monday, December 01, 2008

Posted on 12/01/2008 2:17:32 PM PST by Joiseydude

A Mexican citizen with a potentially deadly form of tuberculosis was allowed to cross the border into El Paso, Texas at least 20 times last year due to poor communication between government agencies, the El Paso Times reported.

According to a report from the U.S. General Accountability Office, Customs and Border Protection officials at the Bridge of Americas waited 14 days to notify Department of Homeland Security senior officials that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requested the CBP's assistance in the 2007 TB case.

The delay allowed the Mexican citizen, who was under treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, to continue traveling from Juárez, Mexico to El Paso for business. The man also failed to surrender his travel visa even though his doctor had requested it, the newspaper reported.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; immigration; leprosy; tb
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1 posted on 12/01/2008 2:17:32 PM PST by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude

That’s just the one we know about...

2 posted on 12/01/2008 2:18:54 PM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: Joiseydude
As someone who tested positive for a skin test (which I've been told are notoriously inaccurate) when I was young, all I can say is: thanks, jerk.
3 posted on 12/01/2008 2:20:56 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
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To: Joiseydude

4 posted on 12/01/2008 2:25:13 PM PST by Diogenesis
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That’s just the one we know about...

True, never mind the hundreds working at chicken plants all over. But then I don't eat chicken.

5 posted on 12/01/2008 2:27:22 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Joiseydude

6 posted on 12/01/2008 2:29:06 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (
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To: Joiseydude

Well, we know he’s persistent.

7 posted on 12/01/2008 2:30:29 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Joiseydude
Just spreading the diseases Americans won't.
8 posted on 12/01/2008 2:38:39 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Joiseydude; Jeff Head; gubamyster; All

Following is an article you likely won’t see on the news tonight. It was sent today by our border agent friends.


Researchers identify new leprosy bacterium
(Public Health)

M. D. Anderson scientists use genetic fingerprint to nail ‘killing organism’

This release is available in Spanish.

IMAGE: Xiang-Yang Han, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Click here for more information.

HOUSTON - A new species of bacterium that causes leprosy has been identified through intensive genetic analysis of a pair of lethal infections, a research team reports in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

All cases of leprosy, an ancient disease that still maims and kills in the developing world, previously had been thought to be caused by a single species of bacterium, said lead author Xiang-Yang Han, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

“We have identified a second species of leprosy mycobacterium, and in identifying this killing organism we’ve better defined the disease that it causes, diffuse lepromatous leprosy (DLL).” Han said. DLL occurs mainly in Mexico and the Caribbean.

There are hundreds of thousands of new cases of leprosy worldwide each year, but the disease is rare in the United States, with 100-200 new cases annually, mostly among immigrants. Leprosy initially attacks skin and nerve cells.

R. Geetha Nair, M.D., a physician with Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, contacted Han in 2007 for help confirming a possible leprosy diagnosis in a patient who died that February.

The patient, a 53-year-old man originally from Mexico, was admitted that month for treatment of extensive leg wounds. While undergoing antibiotic treatment and additional diagnostic testing the next day, he was stricken with high fever and shock. He died after 10 days in intensive care.

Analysis of autopsied tissue at the Phoenix hospital suggested a diagnosis of diffuse lepromatous leprosy, a form first described in Mexico in 1852. Han said DLL uniquely attacks a patient’s skin vasculature, blocking or impeding blood flow. This leads to extensive skin death at late stage and may cause secondary infection and fatal shock. The DLL bacterium had never been studied.

9 posted on 12/01/2008 2:41:26 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: Diogenesis

What is New Mexico doing right?

10 posted on 12/01/2008 2:51:34 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Joiseydude

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Basic modern medical care and medicines are available in the principal cities of the UAE, but not necessarily in outlying areas. The United Arab Emirates has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival. A U.S. HIV/AIDS test is not accepted. Please inquire directly with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates at before you travel

11 posted on 12/01/2008 2:54:04 PM PST by thetru
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To: Joiseydude
"Cough, cough, cough;
they called him the cougher"


12 posted on 12/01/2008 3:00:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Joiseydude
Many more diseases to come.

When I worked in trauma/ICU in Orange County, CA, we had a bizarre case of a woman who was a Mexican illegal who was seizing due to an abscess in her brain. They did surgery and found a worm. That was in 1986. We couldn't find records of similar cases in the U.S. at that time. I guess things have changed.

Beware,this is a little graphic for some....... Click on Related Links below video screen "Doctors Find Worm in Woman's Brain" for another link if video won't play.

13 posted on 12/01/2008 3:04:44 PM PST by dianed
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To: Joiseydude

This has been my main reason to be anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. They bring diseases into this Country that we eradicated years ago and have no medicines for.

The only way to combat illegal immigration is to send illegal aliens with a life-threatening disease to Nancy Pelosi’s and Barney Franks’ and Harry Reid’s and Chris Dodd’s offices in DC. Include a card from the illegal alien which states “Just doing what US Citizens refuse to do . . . infect Congress.”

14 posted on 12/01/2008 3:27:01 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated ([ -- mp3] [http://www.foundingfathers/info//federalistpapers/])
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To: Syncro

Isn’t that where Sheriff Arpaio lives?

15 posted on 12/01/2008 3:27:19 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Deplore the profligate scattering of corpses!)
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To: LongElegantLegs

No he is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.

But that would be a good reason!

16 posted on 12/01/2008 3:29:43 PM PST by Syncro
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To: org.whodat

Just in the interest of accuracy about how TB is spread in case anyone might be concerned about eating chicken:

How is TB spread?

TB is most commonly spread from a person with active TB in their lungs. When someone with active TB disease in their lungs or throat coughs, sings or speaks, TB bacteria may be released into the air. TB bacteria can stay in the air for a short to moderate amount of time. Breathing air with TB may result in a person developing TB – 90% of cases are latent TB. TB is not spread in food and cannot be killed by air fresheners. You do not get TB from the environment (such as desk tops). TB does not live very long outside of the body.You cannot get TB from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils, cell phone, handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been. TB is also killed by ultraviolet light from the sun, so it cannot survive in sunlight. This makes outdoor spread from person to person very rare.

17 posted on 12/01/2008 3:33:49 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo
Actually, Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a pretty hardy little bastard, able to survive for quite a long time in harsh environments. When I worked as a microbiologist years ago, most people couldn't believe the precautions we took protecting ourselves from it.

AIDS is NOT as scary as TB.

18 posted on 12/01/2008 4:50:58 PM PST by E. Cartman (If Citigroup is too big to let fail, then break it up.)
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To: E. Cartman

Mexicans are hardy little bastards too. They’re able to survive in harsh environments, like crossing a desert. Heck, just even surving Mexico is harsh.

19 posted on 12/01/2008 6:40:36 PM PST by Longtom
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20 posted on 12/02/2008 9:53:02 AM PST by gubamyster
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