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Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort
latimes.com ^ | Feb 21 2013 | LA Times

Posted on 02/21/2013 6:00:17 PM PST by NoLibZone

Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it.

Nearly 80 tuberculosis cases have been identified and 11 people have died since 2007, most of them homeless people who live in and around skid row.

Scientists have recently linked the outbreak to one tuberculosis strain that is unique to Los Angeles, with a few isolated cases outside the area.

“This is the largest outbreak in a decade,” said Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “We are really putting all of our resources into this.”

Health workers have identified about 4,650 people who probably were exposed and are trying to track them down for testing and treatment. Local and federal officials are particularly concerned because the cases are all linked to one relatively small geographic area and one vulnerable population. Officials are worried the outbreak could spread beyond skid row if action isn’t taken.

Homeless people are especially at risk of getting tuberculosis and of being undiagnosed because they tend to have poor hygiene and nutrition, limited access to healthcare and ongoing contact with infected people. Transmission of the airborne disease is also common because they tend to live in overcrowded areas and to continually move among hospitals, shelters and the streets. Many homeless people also have substance abuse or mental health issues that can impede treatment.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: illegals; tuberculosis
We need to thank democrats for the return of TB to the US.
1 posted on 02/21/2013 6:00:20 PM PST by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Dude, it’s a bacterium.


2 posted on 02/21/2013 6:02:50 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: NoLibZone
True. But one must also realize that this rise of TB is the direct result of the belief that "Our Divesity Is Our Strength."

One can only hope that each and every Liberal politician directly experiences a non-treatable form of "Diversity!"

3 posted on 02/21/2013 6:07:57 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NoLibZone

Ain’t multiculturalism grand?


4 posted on 02/21/2013 6:11:59 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Homeless people have been TB carriers since, well, forever. Why the knee-jerk reaction to this story now?


5 posted on 02/21/2013 6:12:48 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

One word “Federal effort “


6 posted on 02/21/2013 6:14:52 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: NoLibZone

I am just now recovering from a bronchial and sinus infection. The first two antibiotics seemed to have no effect. Finally one called Doxycyline or something similar seems to have worked.

Soon there may not be one which does.


7 posted on 02/21/2013 6:17:22 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: NoLibZone

Yeah, let’s let illegal aliens come in and re-introduce diseases that were erradicated in the U.S. years ago. maybe all of the Congresspeople should send their children to school with the illegal aliens so they could catch some of the diversity.


8 posted on 02/21/2013 6:18:15 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: al baby

With “Federal Effort,” we’ll all have it in six months.


9 posted on 02/21/2013 6:21:26 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Go look! You have eyes to see. Plus the non-treatable form of TB originates outside the U.S.A. in Third World countries. Lastly, I’m becoming hard having recovered from an excess of pity for those that are ruining our country such as Illegals and their SYMPATHIZERS, ENABLERS and EXCUSERS. The latter three can drop dead as there is no longer room for discussion, debate, a place at the table, different points of view and lastly we are all a nation of immigrants. It is true we are a nation of immigrants-European not THIRD WORLD!


10 posted on 02/21/2013 6:24:05 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

TB spreads after spending several hours breathing the same air as folks with TB. Casual contact simply doesn’t have much to do with that fact.


11 posted on 02/21/2013 6:24:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: NoLibZone; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; ..
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

12 posted on 02/21/2013 6:27:43 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Plus the non-treatable form of TB originates outside the U.S.A. in Third World countries.

Possibly. And possibly not. You don't know.

13 posted on 02/21/2013 6:28:47 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: NoLibZone

“dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it.”

Illegal aliens. Close the damned borders.


14 posted on 02/21/2013 6:32:00 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: NoLibZone
Of course if the intransigent GOP doesn't come to the table soon, where Obama patiently waits to negotiate how much ‘revenue’ to raise, public health services will be drastically cut and our children will contract TB.

off sarcasm.

15 posted on 02/21/2013 6:32:37 PM PST by skeeter
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To: NoLibZone

Open Borders bites back


16 posted on 02/21/2013 6:33:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: NoLibZone

“Most of the patients are male and about 20% are also HIV positive...”

A lot of the resurgence of TB can be traced to AIDS patients, who make an ideal Petri dish for disease.

On the plus side, almost all the TB appearing in America is the “ordinary” kind, which you can tell from the response.

If it is drug resistant (DR-TB), it will still get a normal response. But multiple drug resistant (MDR-TB) means being institutionalized in quarantine with a high probability of death. Extremely drug resistant (XDR-TB) means that mortality approaches 100%, and quarantined until death.

Twice now there have been outbreaks of totally drug resistant (TDR-TB), but everyone infected died too quickly for it to spread beyond a limited number of people.


17 posted on 02/21/2013 6:59:08 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: NoLibZone

Used to be immigrants were screened before they could join the general population.. but we are so much more intelligent now..we just let them wander our streets with all their 3rd world diseases..


18 posted on 02/21/2013 7:25:19 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Wisconsinlady

“Yeah, let’s let illegal aliens come in and re-introduce diseases that were erradicated in the U.S. years ago. maybe all of the Congresspeople should send their children to school with the illegal aliens so they could catch some of the diversity.”

And don’t forget the always accepted AIDS/HIV folks(because gay lifestyles are normal, dontcha know) with compromised immune systems that are likely suspects too.


19 posted on 02/21/2013 7:30:28 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: 1rudeboy

Most drug resistant TB does come from overseas, especially Asia. The run-of-the-mill antibiotics are cheaply made and can be bought on the black market.


20 posted on 02/21/2013 9:40:06 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: ought-six

“Ain’t multiculturalism grand?”

**

I’ve worked at Skid Row’s Covenant House (it was a favor) before my current job in Hollywood. Skid Row is mainly/mostly BLACKS and the funny thing: the illegals work for the fabric/fashion district in the area while the homeys blame whitey. steal bikes (and sell them), then deface the stores during night time.

There’s a reason why the mexicans do not respect homeys. They think they’re all lazy complainers who hate work..


21 posted on 02/21/2013 11:11:45 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: 1rudeboy

Based on your limited posts to date on this thread, I’m going to call you an Illegal Immigrant Hugger, and chase you about the thread until you can’t stand it.

< / 1rudeboy >


22 posted on 02/22/2013 8:53:50 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: Uncle Miltie

Whatever floats your boat, so to speak. But wouldn’t it be easier to argue with the voices in your head, instead of falsely attributing a label, or argument, to me?


23 posted on 02/22/2013 9:55:42 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: muawiyah

When people with active pulmonary TB cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or spit, they expel infectious aerosol droplets 0.5 to 5.0 µm in diameter. A single sneeze can release up to 40,000 droplets. Each one of these droplets may transmit the disease, since the infectious dose of tuberculosis is very low (the inhalation of fewer than 10 bacteria may cause an infection).


24 posted on 02/22/2013 11:37:26 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Sure, all of that can happen but statistically speaking all the authorities continue to remind us that it's gonna' happen if you hang around with an infected person in a confined area or several hours.

BTW, America is full of people with some degree of natural immunity to TB ~ but we also have some people who have a tendency to die from it in record time.

If you read through the information on the net regarding immunity there's not a whole lot of studies been done on that side of things ~ probably because we've had antibiotics that work.

25 posted on 02/22/2013 11:48:49 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: NoLibZone

Bump!

2/22/13

“Thousands May Have Been Exposed To Deadly TB Epidemic Downtown”

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/21/thousands-may-have-been-exposed-to-deadly-tb-epidemic-downtown/


26 posted on 02/22/2013 12:42:51 PM PST by 444Flyer (Obama killed the Twinkie, but not the Terrorists in Benghazi. What's wrong with this picture?)
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