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Wisconsin has multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis in its refugee population

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 30, 2016

It’s getting worse.  First we were told only refugees with latent TB are permitted entry into the US, then Michael Patrick Leahy writing at Breitbart reported that, no, active TB is coming in as well.  Now, we learn that even a more serious problem could be developing in your towns with multi-drug resistant TB in a few refugees and other immigrants.

We checked our archives and sure enough we reported on several cases of TB in a frightened Sheyboygen, Wisconsin in 2013, here.

Sheboygan nurses

In 2013, in Sheyboygan Wisconsin, nurses are being instructed in how to take care of themselves when caring for refugees infected with TB. Is this what your “welcoming” community has to look forward to?

Pay attention to the fact that you (local and state taxpayers) are footing the bill for all of the meds! Isn’t diversity worth it though!

Hot off the presses at Breitbart:

Two refugees and a foreign student on a visa brought multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011, according to a 2014 article in an epidemiology publication written with the cooperation of the doctors who treated them.

The introduction of MDR TB to the United States represents a serious public health threat, since its successful treatment is uncertain and very expensive. Active TB can usually be treated successfully in six to nine months at a cost of $17,000 per patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but MDR TB treatment costs more than $150,000 per patient and can take between 20 and 26 months.


Twenty cases of MDR TB, all foreign-born, were diagnosed in Wisconsin over the eight year period between 2005 and 2012, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Twelve of these cases were from the Hmong people in Laos (though Case 2 in the 2014 article was categorized as “drug resistant,” not formally MDR-TB, it was probably included among these 12, as well as Case 2’s “close household contact”), four were from India (including Case 3 from the 2014 article), one was from Burma (including Case 1 from the 2014 article), and one each were from China, Ethiopia, and Nepal.

State and local taxpayers in Wisconsin paid for the treatment of these twenty foreign-born cases of MDR TB. At a cost of $150,000 per patient, the total cost was an estimated $3 million.

Leahy has much more, I’ve only snipped a bit of the detailed report.

Let me ask all of you who plan to volunteer to help the new refugees as they arrive in Asheville, NC, Rutland, VT, Reno, NV, Charleston, WV, Ithaca, NY, Fayetteville, AR, Missoula, Montana and Radford, Virginia, do you know how to protect yourselves? And, how good is your local health department? Is it ready for this?

See our health issues category with 306 previous posts cataloged there.


7 Responses to “Wisconsin has multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis in its refugee population”

  1. On a recent visit to Minnesota I voiced my concern to management at the Catholic Charities senior residence in Hopkins about the TB issue because my Mom lives there. She was weirdly ill the whole month of February, spent March hospitalized and rehabbed. I was shocked to hear managements words defending the hospital Mom went to with, “this was not Abbott Hospital.” It changed the whole conversation for me! So apparently Abbott hospital had a problem with TB.

    I don’t know who Allina Health the proud owner of stately Abbott Hospital is but it sounds like a teaching hospital for refugees being developed into the nursing fields. What I got to experience and explore for my weeks spent moving her was the pipeline system integrating the refugee dears. The behavior was starkly clear to follow. Thanks to reading Refugee Resettlement Watch daily noteworthy news.

    Tangentially, instead of using a moving transport company with a great track record and reputation because it’s been sold to a Saddiq – is its business name, I went with another one recommended with a great reputation, Mohawk. However, on this end in Maryland, the contractor who delivered the container alerted me to a new concern. Because Ramar seemed interested in doing something not qualfiied to do, I paid attention to the rest of it. And felt ill at the realization of how much personal knowledge a shipping transporter can add to a database on individual addresses.

    Let me be clear, I am a realcist. And on observation, there is a mighty slaveholder mentality amongst that system, breeding more than TB, a mental disorder having to have dual personalities. That’s the training. After living amongst them, comparing notes with my Mom, I advocate strongly to dismiss Imams summarily and let those here be free to experience liberty and freedom. Odds are 9 out of 10 want that.

    Happy Independence Day!


    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks, there is definitely something going on in Minnesota and a lot of other places relating to TB and refugees!


  2. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Published:


    On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:09 PM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “It’s getting worse. First we were told only > refugees with latent TB are permitted entry into the US, then Michael > Patrick Leahy writing at Breitbart reported that, no, active TB is coming > in as well. Now, we learn that even a more serious problem could ” >


  3. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  4. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.


  5. Mary Becker said

    Really No Bueno



  6. sturandot13 said

    There was a time in this nation – when our leaders were determined to keep Americans SAFE – that absolutely NO ONE with ANY form of TB was allowed entry into this country. We can see how much our current (and recent) “leaders” have cared about the health and well-being of American citizens – NOT ONE ZIP!!!

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