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  • Parents Demand Answers After Jurupa Valley Leprosy Scare

    09/07/2016 8:11:19 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 9/6/2016 | Staff
    JURUPA VALLEY ( — Parents and students in Jurupa Valley could be dealing with a rare disease from the Middle Ages. Scared parents were demanding more information Tuesday after letters were sent went home to parents saying two students at Indian Hills Elementary in Jurupa Valley “might” be sick with leprosy. School officials say the letter was sent Friday out of what they called, an abundance of caution. Some parents refused to send their children to school Tuesday after receiving the warning from the Jurupa Unified School District. It was unclear whether the students are related to each other. Barbara...
  • Unconfirmed reports of leprosy at elementary school prompt parent notification

    09/06/2016 10:00:41 AM PDT · by mware · 66 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | Published: Sept. 4, 2016 Updated: Sept. 6, 2016 8:17 a.m. | By ALI TADAYON / STAFF WRITER
    Jurupa Unified School District officials received an unconfirmed report that two Indian Hills Elementary School students were diagnosed with leprosy, which prompted them to send a letter home to parents Friday, Sept. 2. Though the information has not been confirmed, said Superintendent Elliott Duchon, school district officials decided to send the letter home as a precaution. “We wanted parents of the students to know, we wanted to get ahead of any rumors and make sure they had access to ample information,” Duchon said in a phone interview Sunday evening. Duchon would not say where the report came from, but did...
  • Parents Remain On Edge Following Leprosy Scare At Jurupa Valley School

    09/06/2016 7:05:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbs2la ^ | September 6, 2016 5:57 AM | Jasmine Viel
    Parents and students in Jurupa Valley could be dealing with a rare disease from the middle ages. Some parents refused to send their children to school Tuesday after receiving a warning from the Jurupa Unified School District about two possible cases of leprosy affecting students at Indian Hills Elementary School. At this time, it remains unclear if the students are related to each other. The director of disease control for Riverside County said a school nurse notified the health department of the rare disease on Friday.
  • Obama Changes Law: Allows Immigrants with Blistering STDs and Leprosy into US

    02/23/2016 11:04:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/23/16 | Jim Hoft
    President Obama changes the law and now admits immigrants with lesions, blistering STD’s and leprosy into America. UNREAL!In his first year in office, President Obama lifted an entry ban on foreigners with HIV.Most U.S. cases of leprosy occur in people who traveled to the United States from areas of the world where the bacterial infection is endemic.It’s not clear how this new rule benefits Americans.The Washington Examiner reported: The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to...
  • Why Are Many Diseases Back, Decades After Being Wiped Out in the U.S.?

    12/25/2015 11:54:32 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2015 | Tom Tancredo
    An E. coli epidemic in Seattle and Kansas City and 19 other states? TB in New York and Manassas, Virginia? Leprosy in New Hampshire? Dengue Fever in Laredo? What's going on here? If you think data about illegal alien crime is hidden from public, just try to find information on the contagious diseases brought across our borders by illegal aliens from nearly 100 countries. If we survey the anecdotal and sporadic official data of the past fifteen years, there is no doubt we are being invaded daily by dangerous diseases.
  • Breaking: Terrifying Disease Sweeps the U.S. - This Isn't Good

    12/02/2015 7:08:53 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 32 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 12/2/2015 | Teresa Monroe Hamilton
    Leprosy in Florida from Armadillos? Not that surprised, they carry a whole host of nasty bacteria. However, you'd have to snuggle with them to get it, or perhaps your dog would. As far as leprosy goes, it is far more likely that it is being brought in by either the illegal aliens going to Florida after coming across our southern border, the Cubans that are flowing into the state or other persons from foreign countries that just 'happen' to wind up in Florida. These invaders are bringing back diseases to the US we have not seen in a very, very...
  • Experts warn Floridians to steer clear of armadillos to avoid leprosy exposure

    07/21/2015 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 07-21-2015 | By Amanda Warford
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal and experts are blaming armadillos. Nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year. On average, the state only sees 10 cases for the entire year. Action News spoke to a trapper who said he takes extra precautions because of this danger. Armadillos are very common all over Florida, and most of them live in the woods. But others could live near your home, and we learned that puts you and your family at risk. “We catch more armadillos than we do any other species,” said wildlife...
  • Floridians urged to avoid leprosy-infected armadillos

    07/21/2015 7:42:25 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 39 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/21/2015 | AP
    Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal, and experts are blaming armadillos. WJAX-TV reports that nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year, already nearly matching the state's average of 10 cases per year, according to the Department of Health. Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society, says each case this year has involved people who were in direct contact with armadillos.
  • Report: Deadly suicide blast targets Nigeria leprosy clinic

    06/29/2015 4:15:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/29/15
    An apparent terrorist attempted to attack a leprosy hospital with a suicide vest in the restive northern region of Nigeria, according to a report. Witnesses told Agence France Presse the bomber was stymied at the security checkpoint out front manned by vigilantes who have taken up arms in the fight against the ISIS-affiliated terrorist group Boko Haram. The bomber apparently detonated his vest in front of the hospital, killing 5 and wounding 10, AFP reports. Witnesses claimed he was one of three men dropped off near the hospital. The other two are believed to have fled in the confusion following...
  • How to Lose Your Leprosy (In Four Easy Steps) – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

    02/15/2015 6:08:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Lose Your Leprosy (In Four Easy Steps) – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and me). Leprosy in Scripture is more than just a physical illness, it is also a metaphor for sin. Leprosy itself is not sin, but it resembles sin and what sin does to us spiritually. For sin, like leprosy, disfigures us; it deteriorates us; it distances us (for lepers had to live apart from the community) and brings death if it is not checked....
  • Nine-banded armadillos believed to have caused LEPROSY in Florida patients

    02/28/2015 1:53:53 PM PST · by LucyT · 73 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | 28 February 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Three people have been diagnosed with leprosy in Florida and some of the cases are thought to be linked to armadillos. Health officials in Volusia County said that the cases are not related, though two of those who have been diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, since October had been in contact with nine-banded armadillos.
  • Leprosy diagnosed in Ohio prison inmate

    10/17/2014 1:17:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    AP via WFTV ^ | 10/17/14
    An Ohio prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, but health officials aren't concerned the infection will spread.
  • Data belies Dan Patrick’s ‘illegal invasion’ claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOP’s leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are “bringing Third World diseases with them,” referencing “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasn’t been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • Medieval leprosy genome shows history of disease and beyond

    06/18/2013 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 6-14-2013
    An team of scientists and researchers from across the world have managed to reconstructed a dozen medieval and modern leprosy genomes. The results suggest a European origin for the North American leprosy strains found in armadillos and humans, and there is a common ancestor of all leprosy bacteria within the last 4000 years.Humans appear to be the ones who adapted to leprosy, causing its decline in Europe. Credit: EPFL A breakthrough in sequencing ancient bacteria It is the first time scientists have reconstructed an ancient genome without a reference sequence (de novo) due to the extraordinary preservation of the medieval...
  • Southern U.S.: Armadillos blamed for leprosy (don't eat Armadillo meat)

    04/30/2011 4:55:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/28/11
    Armadillos blamed for leprosy A strain of leprosy found in armadillos has been identified in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans. 6:19PM BST 28 Apr 2011 The report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the disease, most often found in India, can originate in the United States and infect humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the meat. Leprosy, sometimes called Hansen's disease after the Norwegian doctor who discovered it in 1873, is a bacterial infection that causes lesions on a person's extremities....
  • Armadillo leprosy found in US patients: study

    04/27/2011 3:53:11 PM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies
    AFP ^ | April 27, 2011 | Kerry Sheridan
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A strain of leprosy found in armadillos has been identified in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans. The findings are the first to confirm a long-suspected link between the disease in armadillos and humans, but are not a sign that a new epidemic is underway, researchers said. Rather, the report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the disease, most often found in India, can originate in the United States and infect humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the...
  • Armadillos pass leprosy to humans, study finds

    04/27/2011 6:52:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 27, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    They're cute. They're often roadkill. Some gourmands say they're tasty, whether baked or barbecued. Now Louisiana researchers have learned something else about nine-banded armadillos. "A preponderance of evidence shows that people get leprosy from these animals," said Richard W. Truman, director of microbiology at the National Hansen's Disease Program in Baton Rouge and lead author of a paper detailing the discovery in the New England Journal of Medicine. Until now, scientists believed that leprosy was passed only from human to human. Every year, about 100 to 150 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the malady, which is also known...
  • Bones of Leper Warrior Found in Medieval Cemetery (Italy, 500-700 AD)

    04/09/2011 2:15:01 PM PDT · by decimon · 40 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 9, 2011 | Unknown
    The bones of a soldier with leprosy who may have died in battle have been found in a medieval Italian cemetery, along with skeletons of men who survived blows to the head with battle-axes and maces. Studying ancient leprosy, which is caused by a bacterial infection, may help scientists figure out how the infectious disease evolved. The find also reveals the warlike ways of the semi-nomadic people who lived in the area between the sixth and eighth centuries, said study researcher Mauro Rubini, an anthropologist at Foggia University in Italy. The war wounds, which showed evidence of surgical intervention, provide...
  • Catholic Caucus: Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio and the cure for leprosy

    12/08/2010 1:20:59 PM PST · by topher · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Various | December 8, 2010
    Various places on the Internet falsely attribute a cure for leprosy with Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio. This is a cure based on (apparently) Chaulmoogra Oil. The following web articles claimed she found the cure for Leprosy. This is incorrect. Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio (Wikipedia)Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio (The Work of God)Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio (World Lingo) PDF -- -- Mother Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio (The Father Speaks) This is a just a few of the many links that spread this misinformation about Mother Ravasio as being the first person to find a medicine to cure to leprosy. These web references all...
  • Heirloom Diseases

    08/27/2010 10:10:35 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 18 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-27-10 | Stoutcat
    ...While heirloom vegetables are actually benign–and frequently very tasty–it seems to me that we are currently witnessing an alarming wave of another type of heirloom: diseases. I started thinking about it when I read this post from Gateway Pundit earlier today, about an outbreak of typhoid (yes typhoid) in California and Nevada. Typhoid, once the scourge of many major cities, was nearly eradicated by the advent of clean water technologies in the early part of the twentieth century. Yet typhoid is back, and it’s not the only heirloom disease we’re seeing in America of late. We’ve probably all seen the...
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    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...
  • Leprosy diagnosed oon Olympic security cruise ship

    02/20/2010 3:25:12 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 17 replies · 827+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | February 19, 2010 | Neal Hall
    VANCOUVER -- Health officials confirmed Friday a crew member has a case of leprosy aboard a cruise ship anchored in the city's harbour that houses police and Canadian Forces personnel providing security for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is curable and is not considered highly contagious, said provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall. He said the young crew member worked in the engine room and did not have contact with police or military. The crew member, who is not a Canadian citizen, was diagnosed Thursday and has received treatment, he said. "I think he's gone...
  • Poorest of the poor

    01/14/2010 12:50:19 PM PST · by WILLIALAL · 2 replies · 435+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | unknown | Mary McCarty
    In one of the world's worst slums, Cite Soleil, a school named after the daughter of Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine aspires to nourish and educate (Snip) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti | Tucked into the western edge of this capital city is a slum so wretched and so dangerous it is strictly off-limits to U.S. government personnel. More from this series Valley missionaries continue to return to Haiti Aid workers find themselves preparing children for a future that may never come Haitians have learned to put their trust in the hands of the Lord The name, ironically, means "City of the Sun." "Nobody...
  • Abandoned Bones Suggest TB Wiped Out Leprosy In Battle Of Killer Diseases

    12/23/2009 8:01:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 819+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 19, 2005 | University College London
    The spread of tuberculosis may have killed off leprosy in Europe in the Middle Ages, according to research published in the latest issue of the Royal Society Proceedings B. A collaborative study led by University College London (UCL) scientists, following the discovery of a shrouded body in a sealed chamber overlooked by tomb robbers, found evidence of both diseases in a range of archaeological remains dating from the 1st to the 15th centuries. An initial examination of the body, currently under analysis in Israel, revealed signs of co-infection of TB and leprosy in the bone tissue. The collaborative team, led...
  • Burial Cloth Found In Jerusalem Cave Casts Doubt On Authenticity of Turin Shroud [Really?]

    12/15/2009 8:35:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 140 replies · 3,651+ views
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | December 15th 2009
    Burial Cloth Found In Jerusalem Cave Casts Doubt On Authenticity of Turin Shroud By MATTHEW KALMAN 16th December 2009 Archaeologists have discovered the first known burial shroud in Jerusalem from the time of Christ's crucifixion - and say it casts serious doubt on the claimed authenticity of the Turin Shroud. Ancient shrouds from the period have been found before in the Holy Land, but never in Jerusalem. Researchers say the weave and design of the shroud discovered in a burial cave near Jerusalem's Old City are completely different to the Turin Shroud. Discovery: The shrouded body of a man was...
  • 'Jesus-era' burial shroud found

    12/16/2009 6:53:57 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1,335+ views
    bbc ^ | 16 December 2009 | Bethany Bell
    A team of archaeologists and scientists says it has, for the first time, found pieces of a burial shroud from the time of Jesus in a tomb in Jerusalem. The researchers, from Hebrew University and institutions in Canada and the US, said the shroud was very different from the controversial Turin Shroud. Some people believe the Turin Shroud to have been Christ's burial cloth, but others believe it is a fake. The newly found cloth has a simpler weave than Turin's, the scientists say. The body of a man wrapped in fragments of the shroud was found in a tomb...
  • Jesus-era leper sheds light on Turin shroud mystery

    12/17/2009 4:57:12 AM PST · by bogusname · 70 replies · 1,602+ views
    Haaretz .com ^ | December 16, 2009 | Haaretz Service
    Israel experts said on Wednesday that a burial shroud known as the Turin shroud, assumed to be the type used to wrap the body of Jesus, did not actually originate from Jesus-era Jerusalem. The conclusion was based on excavation discoveries of a first-century C.E. shrouded man found in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem, which also revealed the earliest proven case of leprosy. Along with the DNA of the shrouded man, this was the first time that fragments of a burial shroud have been found from the time of Jesus in Jerusalem, which, unlike the...
  • Leprosy patients from Hawaii to see canonization of Fr. Damien

    09/26/2009 12:56:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 665+ views
    cna ^ | September 26, 2009
    Bl. Fr. Damien de Veuster Honolulu, Hawaii, Sep 26, 2009 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Eleven elderly leprosy patients from Hawaii will travel to the Vatican for the canonization ceremony of Fr. Damien de Veuster, the heroic priest who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii and died of the disease. The patients’ attending doctor called Fr. Damien their “personal saint.”The Belgian-born priest is a hero in Hawaii for caring for those victims banished to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. Native Hawaiians were devastated by leprosy, which appeared after the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778.About 90 percent of the approximately...
  • Armadillo-like Crocodile Fossil Found in Brazil

    07/09/2009 5:38:33 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 800+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | July 8, 2009 | John Roach
    An ancient fossil crocodile coated in armadillo-like body armor was unveiled yesterday at an environmental museum in Brazil. Dubbed Armadillosuchus arrudai, the newly described species of crocodile roamed the arid interior of Brazil about 90 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period, scientists said. It was 6.6 feet (2 meters) long, weighed about 265 pounds (120 kilograms), and had a relatively wide head with a narrow, toothy snout.
  • Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross

    07/21/2006 10:35:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 5,806+ views
    TFP ^ | July, 2006 | Michael Whitcraft
    Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross By MichaModern society obsessively avoids suffering, risk and danger.  It secures everything with seatbelts and safety rails, air conditions the summer heat, prints warnings on coffee cups and advises that that safety glasses should be used while working with hammers.  Certainly such precautions have prevented misfortune.  However, since heroism and excellence are born from confronting rather than avoiding suffering and peril, the mania for safeguards has also diminished the notion of these qualities.  This is unfortunate since only those intrepid souls who confront danger,...
  • Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (The Leper King)

    05/08/2006 3:51:05 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 13 replies · 4,198+ views ^ | undated |
    Baldwin IV (Baldwin the Leper), c.1161–1185, Latin king of Jerusalem (1174–85), son and successor of Amalric I. Raymond, count of Tripoli, was regent from 1174 to 1176. Baldwin was constantly engaged, except for a truce (1180–82), in defending his kingdom against Saladin. In 1183 his leprosy began to spread very rapidly; he appointed Guy of Lusignan as his regent, but in the same year he withdrew the commission and had his five-year-old nephew crowned king as Baldwin V (d. 1186). Raymond was regent for Baldwin V, who was succeeded as king by Guy of Lusignan. Minority Baldwin spent his youth...
  • Oldest Evidence Of Leprosy Found In India

    06/14/2009 8:35:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 783+ views
    Science News ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | Public Library of Science, via EurekAlert!
    A biological anthropologist from Appalachian State University working with an undergraduate student from Appalachian, an evolutionary biologist from UNC Greensboro, and a team of archaeologists from Deccan College (Pune, India) recently reported analysis of a 4000-year-old skeleton from India bearing evidence of leprosy. This skeleton represents both the earliest archaeological evidence for human infection with Mycobacterium leprae in the world and the first evidence for the disease in prehistoric India. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, demonstrates that leprosy was present in human populations in India by the end of the mature phase of the Indus Civilization (2000...
  • Researchers identify new leprosy bacterium

    12/01/2008 2:49:11 PM PST · by AuntB · 35 replies · 866+ views
    EUREKA ALERT/M. D. Anderson ^ | Nov. 24, 2008 | Scott Merville
    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. 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...
  • Mexican With Tuberculosis Allowed Into Texas 20 Times in 2007

    12/01/2008 2:17:32 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 20 replies · 600+ views ^ | Monday, December 01, 2008
    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...
  • Obama's Pastor Otis Moss III: Being black is like leprosy

    04/13/2008 9:47:53 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 25 replies · 174+ views
    youtube ^ | 04/06/08 | youtube
    "The lepers lived in a ghetto leper colony. The lepers were segregated from everybody else." "They go into the enemy's camp. They find food. They find shelter. They find gold. They find silver. They even find some drink in the enemy's camp. They find gin and juice in the enemy's camp." "Even though they were trying to destroy you, they end up blessing this small congregation of people with a skin condition." 4/6/08: Barack Obama's incoming Senior Pastor Otis Moss III delivers Hour of Power sermon, "We Have Nothing To Lose," at Trinity United Church of Christ.
  • OUTBREAK: Leprosy in Arkansas – Brought Here by Whom?

    02/18/2008 7:37:11 AM PST · by captjanaway · 46 replies · 846+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/18,2008 | Renee Taylor
    In an emergency room in Arkansas, the patient exhibits dark red boils, her skin numb. Another case of leprosy in America. Not far away, a tuberculosis-infected illegal immigrant coughs while on break at the local chicken processing plant – spreading his infectious germs across the break room table. His children, also carrying the disease, which had been all but eradicated from the United States years ago, join hundreds of children at the local public school. Crossing the Mexican border, in a pickup truck filled with “migrant workers” coming to “do the jobs Americans don’t do” in our fields and food...
  • Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas (illegal immigrant connection)

    02/08/2008 12:44:53 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 39 replies · 911+ views
    KFSM ^ | Feb 7, 2008
    The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon. Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy's spread. Springdale MD Jennifer Bingham says, "my initial response was: I am shocked. I am shocked we are seeing this. It's a true reason to be very worried." Medical specialists say the Marshall Islands have...
  • AR Dept of Health debunks leprosy fears (Arkansas Leprosy Coverup)

    02/09/2008 7:24:27 AM PST · by Scythian · 24 replies · 815+ views
    KFSM News ^ | February 8, 2008
    SPRINGDALE - The Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock says some Northwest Arkansas doctors have wrong information that's leading them to fears of leprosy cases
  • Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas

    02/08/2008 8:23:57 AM PST · by Originalist · 59 replies · 646+ views ^ | Feb 7, 2008 | Mary Marsh
    SPRINGDALE - The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon. Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career...
  • (December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs

    02/07/2008 8:36:10 PM PST · by navysealdad · 69 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Morning News NWA Online ^ | December 10, 2007 | By John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK -- The people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands are among the unhealthiest people in the world. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale, AR. and the surrounding areas, of whom 867 are children enrolled in the Springdale School District, Pritchard told the House and Senate Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese....
  • Leprosy Down But Not Out In China: State Media

    01/26/2008 8:13:41 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 2 replies · 42+ views
    AFP / Google News ^ | January 24, 2008 | AFP
    (BEIJING) — China sees 1,600 new cases of leprosy each year and greater efforts are needed to completely eradicate the disfiguring disease, state media reported on Friday. China has made great progress against the disease in recent decades, cutting the number of patients with active leprosy to just 6,300 today from around half a million in 1949, the China Daily quoted the Health Ministry as saying. But the infectious disease is still present in more remote parts of the country, it quoted Pan Chunzhi, secretary general of the China Leprosy Association as saying. "Despite the progress made, leprosy has yet...
  • Immigration Department Failed To Check On Immigrants With TB, Report Says

    05/19/2007 4:33:46 PM PDT · by bd476 · 18 replies · 692+ views
    Immigration Department Failed To Check On Immigrants With TB, Report Says A report released on Wednesday by the Australian National Audit Office found that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship knowingly allowed more than 100,000 people with tuberculosis to enter Australia but frequently failed to check up on whether they sought medical treatment, The Australian reports. People with inactive TB or who have a history of the disease sometimes are permitted to enter Australia if they sign an agreement stating they will be examined by a doctor after they enter the country, according to the AAP/Sydney Morning Herald. 'DIAC has...
  • Worrisome New Link: AIDS Drugs and Leprosy

    10/25/2006 11:18:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 506+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 24, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    With affordable AIDS drugs arriving in many poor countries, experts say a startling and worrisome side effect has emerged: in some patients, the treatment uncovers a hidden leprosy infection. No one knows how widespread the problem is. Only about a dozen cases have been described in medical literature since the first one was found, in London in 2003. But AIDS specialists in Brazil, India, Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere are reporting that some patients on life-saving antiretroviral drugs are developing painful facial ulcers or losing feeling in their fingers and toes. And in the third world, where 300,000 new cases...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/08/2006 4:53:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 707+ views ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Bld. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai

    05/10/2006 8:36:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies · 964+ views ^ | 05-10-06 |
    Collect:Father, help us to seek the values that will bring us eternal joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise make us one in mind and heart. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Recipes: » Haupia » Potato-Mac Salad» Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Activities: » Ave Maria Dear» Beautiful, Glorious» Mary Garden» May, the Month of Marymore » Salve Regina» Stella Matutina» 'Tis Said of Our Dear Ladyless Prayers: » Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven)» May...
  • Lepers protest Gujarat (India) decision to stop Catholic sisters from running hospital

    03/21/2006 10:38:57 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies · 990+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 21, 2006
    Ahmedabad (AsiaNews/UCAN) – The nationalist Hindu government of Gujarat has decided to stop sisters from working in a hospital for lepers, terminating a contract that has lasted for more than 60 years.But the decision has been opposed by patients. Many of the sick people said they will follow the sisters wherever they go. “They are everything for us,” Babban Sitapur. "Not even our family members take such care of us." The Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate took up the administration of the Leprosy Hospital in 1949. Gujarat then was part of Bombay state, which was later divided into Maharashtra and...
  • 'Leprosy drug in Milosevic's blood'

    03/12/2006 2:26:21 PM PST · by Proctor · 53 replies · 1,391+ views ^ | 12-Mar-06 21:13 GMT | The Press Association
    'Leprosy drug in Milosevic's blood'Traces of a drug used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis were found in a blood sample taken in recent months from former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, a news report has said.The report came hours after Milosevic's legal adviser revealed a letter the late Serb leader wrote on Friday, one day before his body was discovered in prison, alleging that he was being poisoned. In the report by state broadcaster NOS, a lawyer and commentator for the channel, Heikelina Verrijn Stuart, said she had confirmation that doctors first noticed the medicine in his blood in January. Stuart...
  • Report: Drug Traces Found in Milosevic

    03/12/2006 11:41:21 AM PST · by Proctor · 187 replies · 3,606+ views ^ | 03.12.2006, 01:46 PM | AP
    Update 14: Report: Drug Traces Found in Milosevic AP 03.12.2006, 01:46 PM Traces of a drug used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis were found in a blood sample taken in recent months from former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, a Dutch news report said, citing an unidentified "adviser" to the U.N. war crimes tribunal. The report came hours after Milosevic's legal adviser showed journalists a letter the late Serb leader wrote Friday, one day before his body was discovered in prison, alleging that he was being poisoned. The report was on the text service of the Dutch state broadcaster, NOS. It...
  • Hayworth: Americans should know TB, leprosy, polio, have been linked to illegal immigrants

    07/11/2005 11:40:24 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 58 replies · 1,865+ views
    KTLA ^ | KTLA
    "Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country — tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example — and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to" illegal immigrants, Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) told the Business Journal of Phoenix last month.
  • Higher disease rates attributed to influx of illegals

    05/25/2005 7:06:18 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 94 replies · 1,587+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 15, 2005 | Angela Gonzales and Mike Sunnucks
    A rise in diseases such as whooping cough, tuberculosis, malaria, measles and even leprosy are creating public health concerns and could hit hospitals and health care systems already financially burdened by indigent illegals flooding emergency rooms and urgent care centers.