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What's Causing the Upswing of Contagious Diseases in the United States?
Hardhatters ^ | 06/05/2014 | Andrew Todd

Posted on 06/05/2014 2:27:37 PM PDT by thetallguy24

When most people think of diseases such as measles and tuberculosis, they imagine Dickensian images of a bygone era before the advent of widespread vaccinations and disease ridden slums. After all, tuberculosis did to Doc Holliday what so many others were unable to, kill him. While we may associate these as being a dangerous threat from a simpler time, there are alarming new trends that suggest they are making a comeback. In the year 2013, the Center for Disease Control recorded the highest number of both tuberculosis and measles in the last twenty years, which begs the question, in the age of widespread vaccination against such ailments, what is causing this sudden upswing?

First, it is important to delve into how these diseases are even spread in the first place. Thanks to the widespread use of vaccinations in the United States over the last fifty years, the CDC estimates that approximately 90-95% of the U.S. population is immune to diseases, such as TB and measles. This percentage rate has resulted in what the medical community calls “herd immunity.” This term suggests that because such a large percentage of the population is protected, it is extremely difficult for diseases to spread, even to those who may not be immunized. However, in the last two decades there have been several communities in which this herd immunity has declined significantly.

In August of 2013, an outbreak of measles was declared among members of the Eagle Mountain International Church, northwest of Dallas, where twenty-one parishioners were confirmed to have the disease and had to be treated. The disease was initially brought back to the U.S. by a visitor to the church who had recently returned from traveling overseas. It quickly spread among the unprotected churchgoers who were not vaccinated over fears that such vaccines are linked to autism. While normally the disease would be unable to spread due to herd immunity, this case illustrates the danger these diseases still pose when this immunity is weakened in communities that have high percentages of people who are not protected.

Alongside measles, tuberculosis is also making a comeback in the United States. California, Texas, and New York all reported over 500 new cases of the disease in 2013 alone. And while recent measles outbreaks can be directly attributed to anti-vaccination communities, the spread in tuberculosis has been most widely seen in the two largest immigrant groups to the United States, those from Mexico and China. According to a CDC risk assessment, those born in a foreign country are the most likely to be afflicted with tuberculosis, as they may not have received the proper immunizations to protect them. However, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996, the INS must require would-be immigrants to the United States to prove that they have received all necessary immunizations before entering the country.

The over representation of tuberculosis in foreign-born communities suggests one of two things, either the INS is not up to snuff in requiring proper documentation for entering immigrants, or immigrants from China and Mexico are coming to the United States illegally with these diseases and are not subject to normal INS protocol designed to keep diseases from getting into the country. Regardless of which possibility is responsible, this represents a direct threat to the populace of the United States. As more and more people enter the country, unprotected from communicable disease, the heard immunity rate decreases and makes it much easier for these diseases to spread across the population.

Sadly, the people most affected by this are the children in our schools. Because of the consistent contact with numerous different people day in and day out, the chances of a communicable taking hold there are much higher. In 2011, over 200 people were confirmed to have latent tuberculosis infections that were initially spread by only one individual. In the last year Irving ISD had two scares which resulted in over 100 people testing positive for TB.

A recent survey of incoming refugees and immigrants in which 7.5% tested positive for a Class A or Class B medical condition, which includes TB, syphilis, chancroid, gonorrhea, leprosy, and HIV. According to US Census Bureau figures, there are approximately 11 illegal immigrants living in the United States, many of which may not have received the same protections against communicable diseases as you and I. If that same percentage was applied to the illegal immigrant population, then roughly 825,000 would have these medical conditions. This biological threat is not limited those diseases; however, as there has been a recent outbreak of the parasite scabies among Border Patrol Agents that were contracted while apprehending those who would seek to enter the country illegally. This vulnerability to such pathogens and parasites not only poses a risk to the unprotected themselves, but to the population of the United States as a whole. As the world we live in gets smaller and smaller, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent the spread of these diseases within our borders.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; border; disease; gop; health; illegals; immigration
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This is why illegal immigration is a national security issue. If some illegal child goes to a school full of other children and has a contagious disease, hundreds of lives could be put at risk. But, nooooooo, they need our free schooling.
1 posted on 06/05/2014 2:27:37 PM PDT by thetallguy24
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To: thetallguy24

Undocumented Democrats ?


2 posted on 06/05/2014 2:28:52 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: thetallguy24
Illegals and Epidemics by Michael Savage 1994.
3 posted on 06/05/2014 2:29:14 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: thetallguy24

Illegals period. Leparsy is back in this country thanks to...illegals.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT by albie
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To: All

Biggest source of contagion is parents who make their sick kids go to school, or companies who penalize for absences, making workers feel like they have no choice but to go to work....


5 posted on 06/05/2014 2:30:29 PM PDT by Maringa
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To: SpaceBar; All

Looks like everyone knows the answer.....but hey, that was an easy one.

;)


6 posted on 06/05/2014 2:30:50 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: thetallguy24

Border Landmines:

It’s okay because IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 2:31:23 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: thetallguy24

Queers.

Queers with AIDS have suppressed immune systems, requiring them to take massive amounts of antibiotics. They live wanton life styles and spread drug resistant diseases.

And the diseases are not all TB. Things like drug resistance staph are the direct result of queers.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 2:31:30 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: thetallguy24

Just another aspect of the traitorous Obozo remaking America into a third world diseased ridden cesspool. Gotta make the mass unwashed from south of our border and from other diseased countries feel right at home.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 2:32:41 PM PDT by Ron H. (Impeach, Indict & Imprison the lying thieving criminal Barak Hussein Obama.)
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To: thetallguy24

1. Global Warming
2. Republicans
3. George Bush
4. Tea Party
5. Racism
6. Inequality
7. War on Women
8. Bitter Clingers
9. Wal-Mart
10. ALL THE ABOVE...........................got it?....................


10 posted on 06/05/2014 2:32:49 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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11. Koch Brothers


11 posted on 06/05/2014 2:34:25 PM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: thetallguy24

I remember when AIDS was called GRID, I said that it turned those that have it into TB pitri dishes. Not to mention all the other ailments they get.

And here we are...


12 posted on 06/05/2014 2:34:25 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: thetallguy24

Gee, I wonder.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 2:34:27 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: thetallguy24

The general ignorance of the native populace regarding health and hygiene, combined with the general ignorance and exposure to disease of incoming foreign populations.


14 posted on 06/05/2014 2:35:23 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: CityCenter

Yes, you’re so right. Can’t forget those evil Koch brothers, now can we?..................


15 posted on 06/05/2014 2:36:03 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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This is why illegal immigration is a national security issue.

And why travel to foreign countries should be prohibited. Oh, wait.

16 posted on 06/05/2014 2:36:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: thetallguy24

Illegal immigration from the Third World.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:09 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: thetallguy24

Let’s not forget Homosexuals. They have a tendency to spread social diseases.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:19 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: thetallguy24

Hand sanitizer worship. That stuff actually kills a very low percentage of bugs, and generally only the weakest ones. which keeps our immune system from getting work against the easy targets and makes sure we only get exposed to the strong ones our now weakened immune system can’t handle.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 2:38:29 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: molson209
Undocumented Democrats ?

Yep, AND by liberal elites who travel to third world countries to 'feel' superior - oops, I mean to 'do good'....

20 posted on 06/05/2014 2:39:58 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: molson209

our open borders??


21 posted on 06/05/2014 2:40:34 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: thetallguy24

Duh? Any other answer is BS. Do our wonderful leaders care? Nope. They live in gated communities.


22 posted on 06/05/2014 2:41:37 PM PDT by dforest
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To: thetallguy24
Another disease, not mentioned, is polio. So the question is;

Are third world diseases coming to US or are we reverting to the third world?

23 posted on 06/05/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: molson209

I believe they are called ILLEGAL AILENS.

cant we call a spade a spade? And no, this is not racist.
can’t we call an ice rake an ice rake?


24 posted on 06/05/2014 2:43:07 PM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: Maringa
Biggest source of contagion is parents who make their sick kids go to school, or companies who penalize for absences, making workers feel like they have no choice but to go to work....

True. I worked at one job where I came in sick and the lady who ran the office kicked me out and told me to go home until I felt better. Where I work at, I do my best to have perfect attendance so save up points so I can use them when I'm sick. I had 11 points but down to 8.5 because I had the flu real bad a few weeks ago. It took me 2 days to basically fast and 3 to break my fever, I hate to call off several days but I had to, I was so sick, I had to keep a few steps from the bathroom plus I could not keep awake for long. People need to take time and rest when they are ill.
25 posted on 06/05/2014 2:43:22 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: pfflier

Both.


26 posted on 06/05/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: thetallguy24
Infecting American children with dangerous diseases is an act of love.

Jeb's grandkids are safe, however, in their private school.

27 posted on 06/05/2014 2:44:15 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 1rudeboy

Americans traveling to foreign countries tend to have had their vaccinations.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 2:46:39 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Red Badger

You left out the Koch brothers.


29 posted on 06/05/2014 2:46:53 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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I'm going to go with What are ignorant celebrities and illegal aliens for $500 Alex, oh wait is that double jeopardy?
30 posted on 06/05/2014 2:47:03 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: molson209

Yep, illegal aliens. Has to be.


31 posted on 06/05/2014 2:47:09 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: thetallguy24

Illegals and sexual promiscuity are the main causes.


32 posted on 06/05/2014 2:50:01 PM PDT by detective
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  1. HIV infections
  2. Illegal immigration
  3. Anti-vaccination hysteria.

33 posted on 06/05/2014 2:50:14 PM PDT by Prolixus (We feed; they breed.)
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To: Little Ray

Except for ones who are “not vaccinated over fears that such vaccines are linked to autism,” according to the article, and from all the accounts I’ve read about in the past.


34 posted on 06/05/2014 2:51:38 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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Is Haliburton too 2004 to be included?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

35 posted on 06/05/2014 2:52:40 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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“90-95% of the U.S. population is immune to diseases”

true, except for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autism, lupus, crohns, etc etc etc. but no measles or mumps.


36 posted on 06/05/2014 2:52:50 PM PDT by willywill
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Uninspected foreigners - illegal aliens


37 posted on 06/05/2014 2:55:16 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Maringa

Maybe with a cold, flu or similar illness but we’re talking about major diseases. Millions of illegals and more pouring over our Texas border every minute. Bet not a one of them has had a vaccination for anything.


38 posted on 06/05/2014 2:57:36 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: 1rudeboy

That is a relatively small number.
All I know is that when I travel abroad, I get a bunch of vaccinations renewed, even if it is to a first world country.


39 posted on 06/05/2014 3:09:14 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: thetallguy24

Obama


40 posted on 06/05/2014 3:11:30 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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Americas slide to third world status would be my guess.


41 posted on 06/05/2014 3:11:37 PM PDT by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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It’s all those queer soldiers and sailors returning from turd world countries, picking up 18 types of clap and fudge borne diseases.


42 posted on 06/05/2014 3:15:59 PM PDT by batterycommander (We will likely still be Majors, passed over twice, sitting in dimly-lit offices in the Pentagon.)
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To: CityCenter

I’d love to see the Koch brothers buy Walmart. Talk about libs heads exploding!


43 posted on 06/05/2014 3:20:04 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: thetallguy24

Currently? The talk of “immigration reform” by our elites.


44 posted on 06/05/2014 3:22:31 PM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: Bernard Marx

and the NRA .LOL


45 posted on 06/05/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: discostu
Hand sanitizer worship.

Mega BUMP!

Our bodies have amazing capacities to fight off the bad guys. If you use hand sanitizer on a regular basis, the body's ability to fight is lessened.

I purposefully do not use hand sanitizer because I figure my old bod needs all the help it can get.

46 posted on 06/05/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: thetallguy24

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION


47 posted on 06/05/2014 3:46:04 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: molson209

OPEN BORDERS!


48 posted on 06/05/2014 3:49:07 PM PDT by angcat
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To: thetallguy24

The first paragraph of the article was so overwrought I figured the rest of it wasn’t worth the effort. Was I wrong?


49 posted on 06/05/2014 3:51:49 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Grams A

and working in your favorite restaurant.


50 posted on 06/05/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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