Skip to comments.Dengue Fever on Our Doorstep: Climate Change Drives Disease Re-emergence in U.S.
Posted on 06/29/2010 9:31:18 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that for the first time in more than 65 years, dengue fever has returned the continental United States, The New York Times is reporting this week:
The upsurge is not unexpected. Experts say more than half the world's population will be at risk by 2085 because of greater urbanization, global travel and climate change. Over the past 30 years, a global outcry against using the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, has led to the resurgence of the mosquito, a voracious consumer of human blood and carrier of infectious disease.
Epidemics have become routine in Latin America, a continent on the verge of becoming highly endemic. Outbreaks are today raging in Brazil, Guatemala and other nations. Thailand, within a week of its annual dengue season this year, has already reported 18,000 cases and 20 deaths, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
In our Fall 2009 cover story, OnEarth looked at how climate change will force the U.S. to revamp its health-care defenses against diseases like dengue. Reporting from a Mexican town across the border from Brownsville, Texas, author Kim Larsen wrote:
Dengue is endemic in Matamoros; in 2004 a blood-sampling survey found dengue antibodies in 78 percent of the city's residents, which means all who tested positive had been infected with the virus at some point in their lives, though it may have gone undiagnosed. According to José Luís Robles López, the medical services coordinator for the city, dengue's grip has only tightened in the years since. It used to surge from August through October, in the wake of the summer rains, with cases leveling off throughout the rest of the year. But more and more, Robles López says, dengue is diagnosed steadily all year round.
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Rains from Alex should increase the mosquito populations in this area.
Perhaps the oil will kill them off, or push them back a few years?
BS on climate change. Global travel? Yes. It's called illegal immigration.
EL TORO PUPU!
How about illegals?
That's another thing controlled immigration is for.
It is the environmentalists (again) who will be the cause of any deaths from this
DDT was the single most effective way to kill these things- and it was baned on science just as faulty as ‘globull warming’
or the new and improved: Climate Change(tm)
Gee, it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the millions of illegals coming into this country.
Another sign in the third-worlding of America.
Some of the worst Malaria outbreaks in history have been in areas that freeze in the winter. The mosquito isn’t limited to the tropics. It is just that Northern Hemisphere countries eradicated them using DDT, and left the poor tropical countries to live with Bill Gates’ mosquito nets.
“Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases
Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces.
Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood has been discovered in the blood supply.
Dengue was first recognized in the 1950s, affects most Asian countries and has become a leading cause of death among children in the infected areas. Heretofore unknown in the US, Dengue outbreaks have now occurred in the United States.
Leprosy, a scourge of Biblical days, is caused by a bacillus agent and is now know as Hansen’s Disease. In the 40 years prior to 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US. In the following three years there have been 9,000 cases and most were illegal aliens.
As noted in the article Leprosy in America: new cause for concern by Dr. William Levis, head of the New York Hansen’s Disease Clinic. “It’s creeping into the U.S. ... This is a real phenomenon. It’s a public health threat. New York is endemic now, and nobody’s noticed.” In the same article, Dr. Terry Williams, who runs a Houston-based clinic serving leprosy patients across southern Texas, said that the bulk of the cases treated by his clinic were immigrants. “A lot of our cases are imported,” he said. “We see patients from everywhere—Africa, the Philippines, China, South America.” (emphasis added)
Hepatitis A-E is a viral infection that primarily attacks the liver. In 2004, more than 650 people contacted Hepatitis A at a single Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant in Pennsylvania. Four latter died. Hepatitis B is one of the major diseases of mankind and is a serious global public health problem. It is estimated that 2 BILLION people are infected and about one million persons die each year. The new vaccine is only 95% effective in preventing an infection and will not cure a person who already has Hepatitis B, which results in a lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and early death. An estimated 1.3 million people in the US are currently infected. No vaccine is currently available to prevent Hepatitis C-E and treatment for chronic Hepatitis C costs about $1,500 per person.
Tuberculosis (TB) kills approximately 2 million people each year. It is estimated that between 2002 and 2020, approximately 1,000,000,000 people will be newly infected, over 150 million people will get sick, and 36 million will die. TB is a highly contagious disease. Like the common cold, it spreads through the air. When infectious people cough, sneeze, talk or spit, they propel TB germs, known as bacilli, into the air. Each person with active TB will infect on average between 10 and 15 people every year.
The United States currently has one of the lowest rates of TB in the world. Mexico has 10 times the rate of prevalence and many African countries along with Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Indonesia have rates that are 100 150 times higher. Making matters worse, a few years ago a Multi-Drug-Resistant (MDR) strain of TB has emerged that is resistant to all standard anti-TB drugs. Treating a single case of MDR TB costs over $250,000 and as much as $1,200,000 per person, and even with treatment about half of the patients with MDR-TB prematurely die.
In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the CDC commented on MDR-TB:
“Evidence of it has surfaced in 38 of 61 California health jurisdictions, and it could threaten the efficacy of TB control efforts,’ Granich said. The infected were said to be four times as likely to die from the disease and twice as likely to transmit the disease to others ... Reluctant to label the infected as illegal’ or even undocumented’ aliens, the report notes that of the 407 known cases of MDR-TB, 84% were foreign-born’ patients, mainly from Mexico and the Philippines who’d been in the U.S. less than five years. The percentage of TB cases among the foreign-born’ jumped from 29% in 1993 to 53% as of last year.”
Recently, there was a TB Outbreak In Oklahoma City in a hospital affecting thousands.
Hopefully, this will not be the new extensively drug-resistant XDR strain just being brought in by illegal aliens (now 4% of US cases) and which is currently impossible to cure at any cost. In any case, it would not be surprising to find that the source of the outbreak is an illegal alien working in the hospital or an infected resident worker who became infected through contact with an infected illegal alien since the TB rate for residents in the USA is very low.
For more information on TB and the link to illegal aliens, see:
Is CDC covering up skyrocketing TB rate?
Immigration helps diseases spread in Valley
Mayor favors tougher stance against illegals.
Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis), endemic to South and Central America, is spread by infected triatomine bugs, known as the “kissing bugs,” that bite people. It was unknown in the United States until fairly recently. It is now estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people in the US have Chagas Disease. Who is infected? Mostly illegal aliens.
Since Chagas Disease is basically unknown outside of the illegal alien community most doctors won’t recognize it and the blood supply just started being screened for it. Most cases of Chagas Disease that occur in patients other than illegal aliens are thought to be contracted from tainted blood blood sold by illegal aliens with Chagas Disease before the blood supply started being tested for it as of August of 2006.
HIV The number of illegal Mexican and Central American immigrants with HIV or AIDS is unknown, mostly because researchers rarely ask about immigration status. However, it is known that the rate of HIV infection among Latino women in California is about twice the rate of white women. At one free California health clinic, all of the women have HIV or AIDS. Most are Mexican or Central American “immigrants.”
Then there is Schistosomiasis, Guinea Worm Infection, Whooping cough, Cysticercosis, Morgellon’s, and a host of others.
All these diseases and pathogens, and a plethora of others that are not endemic to the US, are being brought in by unscreened illegal aliens who then spread them to an unsuspecting population. These diseases will give you something to think about the next time you are eating at a restaurant with the grunt work being done by illegal aliens who didn’t have medical screening before preparing and handling your food.
As recently reported in Hepatitis Risk for East Asians in New York, among east Asian immigrants in New York City, one person in seven carries the Hepatitis B virus and that researchers at New York Univ. School of Medicine, found that 15% of east Asians in New York - as many as 100,000 people - are chronic hepatitis carriers, with the rate highest among immigrants from China. That infection rate is 35 times the rate found in the general population. The article did not mention how many of the infected people were illegal aliens but odds are the vast majority were.
Health reporter Bill Sardi noted:
“Recently an outbreak of hepatitis traced to Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant, in Pennsylvania was inexplicably traced to contaminated green onions, not the most obvious cause, undocumented food workers who harbored Hepatitis. For the most part, Hepatitis is a blood-borne, not a food-borne disease. The Hepatitis outbreak infected over 650 individuals, caused 9,000 Americans to undergo immune globulin shots, and killed 4 people.
If Americans found out restaurants can commonly infect their customers from food workers, it would be a serious blow to the restaurant industry. Better blame the green onions. Let’s concede the onions, grown in Mexico, were contaminated from fecal material containing Hepatitis. Did all the green onions imported from Mexico end up in one single restaurant? There were no other outbreaks of Hepatitis anywhere elsewhere from green onions. There were 13 restaurant workers who had Hepatitis. They were the likely source of the transmitted infection.
While the unions resist mandatory Hepatitis screening and vaccination for food workers, the government mandates that newborn babies be jabbed with Hepatitis vaccines before they can leave the hospital. The logic in this defies understanding until one realizes that newborn babies of immigrant families can more easily acquire Hepatitis so all babies are given the vaccines.”
As noted in a May 2006 article, Milford taking harsher stance against illegals than Framingham, increased levels of TB are being noted and some municipalities are finally starting to take action to protect their citizens.
As unfortunate as it may be, the US can not bear the financial burden for treating the world’s sick, ill, and infected populace, but the Govt. should be protecting American citizens from the diseases being brought in by illegal aliens.
How many more citizens will come down with Hepatitis, Leprosy, E-coli, or Chagas Disease from contact with an infected illegal alien before something is done? How many school children must get TB before our government takes action to protect them?
Remember the movie Alien and how the creature popped out of infected bodies? The Guinea Worm is a mini-version. Maybe your kids can take advantage of the experience on show & tell day.
If we screen legal aliens for contagious diseases, why are we allowing unscreened and contagious illegal aliens to roam the country infecting the citizenry?
Diseases - collateral damage from a “victimless crime” to save ten cents on a head of lettuce.”
From the Dark Side of Illegal Immigration:
A little DDT and a little less illegal immigration should solve the problem.
Some of the worst Malaria outbreaks in history have been in areas that freeze in the winter. The mosquito isnt limited to the tropics. It is just that Northern Hemisphere countries eradicated them using DDT, and left the poor tropical countries to live with Bill Gates mosquito nets.
There is good evidence that Malaria was an inport from Africa to the New World. The native populations, especially central and south America, were devestated by the introduction of Malaria.
“A little DDT and a little less illegal immigration should solve the problem.”
There will be a special place in hell for Rachel Carson the author of Silent Spring and the out right lies that she spread in that book. She and her ilk are responsible for the deaths of literally millions of people.
Amnesty will cure these diseases!
Wow! I didn’t know the IPCC was now writing fiction for the CDC!
3rd world immigration did that, not climate chasnge
I'm going to start panicking now and avoid the rush!!
Diversity, diversity, diversity! Diversity in disease is now to be added to the great American melting pot of illness.
Whooping cough in CA and now this in Texas. Yeah, it has nothing to do with the influx of millions of people that have no access to any medical professional.
You're right - too bad liberals hate facts that don't fit their narratives...
I guess that means that the earth was too warm 65 years ago. How did we cool it back then?
Its from illegals and has nothing to do with global warming.
Its from illegals and has nothing to do with global warming.
great... more people will now die because of the banning of perfectly good pesticides.
The Mexicans brought us H1N1....Thank you very much!!
Earlier this year I read on FR that Dengue is now endemic in the bays of the Key West, there were at least 5 confirmed and over a dozen suspected cases in the last year.
I agree that the reference to climate change is B.S. The article had useful information and the reference to climate change seems weird.
The environmentalist woman who spearheaded the drive to prevent use of DDT in Africa can be considered to be a mass murderer, based on the results of what she did.
I wonder whether anyone ever asked her about that. Come to think of it, I am going to raise that question with some of the radical environmentalists where I live. I am sure that they will be upset with me for asking the question, and they will certainly not give serious consideration to it.
But it will be funny to see the level of outrage they will express. They will dislike me even more than they do now, if that is possible.
Climate change, my foot. A massive increase in immigration from the Third World has led to an increase in Dengue. Malaria is next.
I don’t like illegal immigration any more than you do, but dengue fever is NOT contagious. You don’t get it from other people; you get it from a mosquito bite.
Dengue fever is NOT contagious.
Dengue fever is NOT contagious. It cannot be spread by illegal immigrants, unless one is referring to illegal immigrant mosquitos! ;^)
Dengue fever is from mosquitos, and the thriving of mosquitos is from the outlawing of DDT. An illegal immigrant infected with Dengue fever cannot spread the disease because Dengue IS NOT CONTAGIOUS.
You could get rid of every illegal immigrant in the U.S. and there'd still be a Dengue epidemic if Dengue-carrying mosquitos are present. Dengue is spread by mosquitos, not illegal immigrants.
Just think of all the new and rare, tropical or Asian diseases, or ones thought gone from the US, that docs can now experience 1st hand in the US! Gee. Diphtheria? Polio? Smallpox? Scarlet Fever? Typhoid?
Wow. They’re not for missionaries and foreign service members anymore.....
Nope. Dengue fever is NOT contagious. Illegal third-world immmigration did not spread Dengue; lack of the use of mosquito-killing DDT has led to an increase in Dengue.
Whooping cough, yes, that would be increased by illegal third world immigration. Dengue, no, unless you're referring to a massive increase in immigration of third-world mosquitos!!!
The fact is these insects (kissing bug) have been here for years. We are in the San Jacinto Mountains about 100 miles North of the border in Riverside County. About three years ago we had a swarm of these that lasted all summer. I was bit on the throat and it swelled to the size of a grapefruit. I was tested for Chagas and was negative; my neighbor, not so lucky. I have about 12 of these guys in a jar with no sign of life.
Yep. Between the outlawing of effective pesticides like DDT and the un-outlawing of unscreened, infected illegal immigrants who have contagious diseases, U.S. docs are in for some busy times.
Yes, it’s not that the insects are new, but they are biting illegals and are now carrying chagas where they didn’t use to in these parts, of course, chagas is coming in through tainted blood and such, but yes, the bugs are not new, just who they are biting is new ..
And I suppose that the mosquitoes are biting only citizens in order to become Dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
If mosquitoes bite someone without Dengue, they're annoying but not terribly significant when they later bite you. If mosquitoes bite illegals who have Dengue (Look at the map.), the results are far different.
Sory ..its Bush’s fault
Illegal immigrants have nothing to do with it, and neither does climate change. Not even George Bush has anything to do with it!
In my opinion, the outlawing of DDT has everything to do with it.
To be carrying it, just where do you think that the mosquito picks it up in the first place? Mosquitoes don't create the Denque; they can only pick it up from someone who's infected. While most of those folks with it are south of the border, many of them are crossing the border illegally without any health screening.
Q. Where can outbreaks of dengue occur?
A.Outbreaks of dengue occur primarily in areas where Ae. aegypti (sometimes also Ae. albopictus) mosquitoes live. This includes most tropical urban areas of the world. Dengue viruses may be introduced into areas by travelers who become infected while visiting other areas of the tropics where dengue commonly exists.
I'm not familliar with the life-cycle of the disease. Where do the mosquitoes get it?