Poorly Enforced Immigration Laws Renergize Tuberculosis in California

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Studio City, CA

#1 Aug 22, 2012
Once known as consumption, the killer disease that claimed Emily Brontė and Frederic Chopin, tuberculosis is now viewed as a bygone threat by many in developed countries.

But the illness remains widespread in poorer countries and still surfaces in the United States in places like Los Angeles, with large and diverse immigrant communities. "It's still a fatal disease," said Alvarez. "It needs to be taken still very seriously in terms of public health and safety."

TB cases in Los Angeles County have dropped nearly 70% over the last two decades. Still, 680 infections were confirmed last year and nearly 80% of those involved people born in other countries, primarily Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam and China.


Studio City, CA

#2 Aug 23, 2012
I like the idea of mexican nannies taking their TB problems to the children of beverly hills whom they care for. The thought of little Jackson, or MacKenzie in an ER coughing up blood is a dandy day brightener.

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