While many Americans are focusing on the drugs being brought into the U.S., a bacterial infection that was once the leading cause of death in the country is making its way back into the general population. The carriers are illegal immigrants from Mexico, the Caribbean and other countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tuberculosis (TB) is known as the disease that killed the legendary Doc Holiday. It is easily spread and attacks lungs but any part of the body can be destroyed by it. It spreads easily when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks.
Among the states known to be experiencing an outbreaks of TB are California, Florida, New York and Texas.
According to WND.com the disease was virtually eradicated with the development of antibiotics however the TB now making a comeback has new strains that are resistant to most antibiotics. It reported that as many as 4,500 people in Los Angeles had recently been exposed to TB.
Police were advised to wear protective masks while dealing with suspects or members of the public who many have been exposed to the disease. However the public was not alerted to the danger until months afterwards, even though there were indications that it was breaking out in other parts of California.
My San Antonio also reported that an illegal from Asia had been captured by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents in Texas who was diagnosed with an extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, one of the least treatable forms of TB.