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First Case of Drug-Resistant TB Discovered in U.S.
Newsmax ^ | 27 Dec 2009 | N/A

Posted on 12/27/2009 5:45:56 PM PST by Publius804

LANTANA, Fla. – It started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away.

Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot rise from his throat. He ran to the bathroom sink and spewed a mouthful of blood.

I'm dying, he told himself, "because when you cough blood, it's something really bad."

It was really bad, and not just for him.

Doctors say Juarez's incessant hack was a sign of what they have both dreaded and expected for years — this country's first case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The Associated Press learned of his case, which until now has not been made public, as part of a six-month look at the soaring global challenge of drug resistance.

Juarez's strain — so-called extremely drug-resistant (XXDR) TB — has never before been seen in the U.S., according to Dr. David Ashkin, one of the nation's leading experts on tuberculosis. XXDR tuberculosis is so rare that only a handful of other people in the world are thought to have had it.

"He is really the future," Ashkin said. "This is the new class that people are not really talking too much about. These are the ones we really fear because I'm not sure how we treat them."

Forty years ago, the world thought it had conquered TB and any number of other diseases through the new wonder drugs: Antibiotics. U.S. Surgeon General William H. Stewart announced it was "time to close the book on infectious diseases and declare the war against pestilence won."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diversity; foreignstudents; immigration; peru; publichealth; tb; treatment; tuberculosis

1 posted on 12/27/2009 5:45:58 PM PST by Publius804
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To: Publius804
Diseases once consigned to third world hell holes, now welcome into our illegal immigration free for all soon to be third world hell hole.
For any of you interested in history, we used to quarantine immigrants at Ellis Island for this kind of thing, guess we arent so modern after all, are we?
2 posted on 12/27/2009 5:51:54 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: Publius804; Mother Abigail

Ping


3 posted on 12/27/2009 5:51:54 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Publius804

Maybe the first case on the east coast, but I remember out here in the west of several cases of drug resistant TB at elementary schools in and around Tucson.


4 posted on 12/27/2009 5:52:27 PM PST by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: DeusExMachina05

bump!


5 posted on 12/27/2009 5:53:29 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: DeusExMachina05

I’ve always wanted to ask: what do you propose? The abolition of travel beyond the borders of the United States?


6 posted on 12/27/2009 5:54:10 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Publius804

And exactly why is it we need more illegals and muslims in the USA?


7 posted on 12/27/2009 5:55:13 PM PST by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: Publius804

It’s a great time to have zero control of our borders and to be providing even more incentives to illegal immigrants to come here.


8 posted on 12/27/2009 5:55:13 PM PST by ecomcon
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To: abigkahuna

You can thank the ‘McKinney/Vinto Act’ for THAT one. MY kids HAVE to issue a ‘blue card’ at school. Illegal immigrant children DON’T.


9 posted on 12/27/2009 5:58:18 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Publius804

And not too many years ago, all diseases were going to be wiped out by the wonderful drugs we were coming up with.
I spent the better part of a month in 2 different hoss spittles last summer and feel quite fortunate that I didn’t come out with MRSA or some other equally hideous disease.


10 posted on 12/27/2009 5:58:18 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: All

Freaking nuts.

In the late 60s I got a tourist visa to come to the US; the medical exams and the x-rays, just for that!!!

Now we are so open and all-inclusive, that is grand.


11 posted on 12/27/2009 5:58:22 PM PST by elpinta (Change: check. Hope: not so much.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I tend to agree. This is hyped up xenophobe stuff


12 posted on 12/27/2009 5:58:23 PM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: 1rudeboy

No, I advocate controlled immigration with medical tests for entrants, just as we did in the early twentieth and late nineteenth century.


13 posted on 12/27/2009 6:08:33 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: DeusExMachina05

And I don’t have a problem with that at all. Just as long as you understand that a U.S. citizen who travels abroad and gets infected, and is not subject to the same screening, brings this strain of TB back to the States without any difficulty.


14 posted on 12/27/2009 6:11:24 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: mylife

You have no idea. Why do you think the idiots in congress are doing the bum’s rush to get this health care fiasco passed?
The cdc is just like any other anagram govt entity, a hackerama filled with political idealogues. This is no different than climategate, just scarier.
There are new and emerging viruses, bacteria and fungi but they are not profitable ..yet.


15 posted on 12/27/2009 6:14:27 PM PST by acapesket
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To: 1rudeboy

And the difference is..one IS a citizen and one is not. Therefore, the medical expenses and burdens are acceptable in the case of the citizen and not in the case of a newly arrived immigrant.


16 posted on 12/27/2009 6:15:06 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: DeusExMachina05

That does not appear to be the distinction you are making in your comment #2.


17 posted on 12/27/2009 6:16:41 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Publius804

borders? We don’t need no stinking borders....allow the zombies to come in and infect us all. Why do we have a governemnt again? they are not protecting us that is for sure


18 posted on 12/27/2009 6:19:56 PM PST by unseen1
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To: DeusExMachina05

Not necessarily so.

Drug resistant TB developed here in the US. Drug dependent TB patients sell their medication before taking all of it. TB medication requires that the patient take all of the dose. If you do not, you have begin again with another different drug.

This has been anticipated for about 30 years now. US drug addicts have given us this/


19 posted on 12/27/2009 6:20:07 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Past Your Eyes

See @ 19. This was caused in the inner cities by US drug addicts.


20 posted on 12/27/2009 6:22:53 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: abigkahuna

but I remember out here in the west of several cases of drug resistant TB
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The TB referred to in this article is resistant to even more drugs than resistant TB. That is why they call it XXDR.


21 posted on 12/27/2009 6:24:20 PM PST by wintertime
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To: DeusExMachina05

XXDR is bound to come in eventually with an American who has contracted the disease on vacation or business abroad.


22 posted on 12/27/2009 6:25:57 PM PST by wintertime
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To: 1rudeboy

Your killing me...I cant reason or argue with you guys anymore. I give up. You win, there is no distinction between citizens and non-citizens in this matter. Let in everyone from anywhere, without tests, screenings or interviews. Then let them all live in your town and breath on you in your subway...etc, etc, etc...like I said..who cares..right?


23 posted on 12/27/2009 6:28:01 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Look what we got here in NH :(
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2416011/posts


24 posted on 12/27/2009 6:30:17 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: Publius804

I cannot think of a valid reason why a 19-year-old Peruvian needs to be visiting to study English. Don’t they have books in Peru? But it doesn’t matter. I say strap a copy of Rosetta Stone on his back and catapult him over the border into Mexico.


25 posted on 12/27/2009 6:33:21 PM PST by UglyinLA
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To: DeusExMachina05

You cannot reason with me because you are not reasoning. You tried to make this an issue of illegal immigration, and I explained to you why it is not.


26 posted on 12/27/2009 6:35:21 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: UglyinLA

That’s right! Who would think of visiting Germany to study German? Idiots.


27 posted on 12/27/2009 6:37:17 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: UglyinLA
UglyinLA wrote ":I cannot think of a valid reason why a 19-year-old Peruvian needs to be visiting to study English. Don’t they have books in Peru? But it doesn’t matter. I say strap a copy of Rosetta Stone on his back and catapult him over the border into Mexico"

You know, sometimes I just have to wonder about folks and their tendency to be a ding-dong. If I was studying French, I probably would want to go to France, or anywhere else, if I was studying their language and culture.

Really, Ugly, you need to get out and about in the world just a little bit more, maybe try the next block, or city, even...

28 posted on 12/27/2009 6:49:50 PM PST by abigkahuna (Step on up folks and see the "Strange Thing" only a thin dollar, babies free)
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To: DeusExMachina05

Hey, look man - It’s just not FAIR (!!!) that other people have to live in shitty Third World hellholes and die early from vicious diseases, when all we have to do to level the playing field is let them all come in here unexamined with their pestilence in tow to infect the rest of us. Where’s your compassion? Where’s your humanity? Where’s your politically correct public school education? Huh?

Me? Perhaps I’ll start leveling the playing field myself - might make a nice little voodoo doll of this dude’s mother, and some XXDR-mojo’d pins and salves to start playing with. That’ll be FAIR (!!!).


29 posted on 12/27/2009 6:57:00 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: 1rudeboy
"That’s right! Who would think of visiting Germany to study German? Idiots."

And Obambi might be up for a trip to Austria to study Austrain.

30 posted on 12/27/2009 7:24:43 PM PST by spokeshave (Albore can uninvent the internet about as well as 0bama can unjump the shark)
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To: Publius804
Juarez underwent three months of futile treatment in a Fort Lauderdale hospital. Then in December 2007 he was sent to A.G. Holley State Hospital, a 60-year-old massive building of brown concrete surrounded by a chain-link fence, just south of West Palm Beach.

If it takes two years for us to be told about the first case, how long would it be before we'd be told half the country had it?

31 posted on 12/28/2009 10:33:41 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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