Five Foreign-Born Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB Diagnosed in Philadelphia

BREITBART — At least five foreign-born cases of multi-drug resistant TB were diagnosed in Philadelphia over the past three years, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Program.

One case of the foreign-born ‘MDR’ TB was diagnosed in the city hosting this week’s Democratic National Convention in 2015, two were diagnosed in 2014, and at least two were diagnosed in 2013, though that number may be as high as three or four.

No U.S.- born cases of MDR TB were diagnosed in Philadelphia during these three years, according to the report.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health was not able to identify the status of these five foreign-born cases of MDR TB—whether they were refugees, illegal aliens, or foreign-born legal residents of the United States.

“We have no information on immigration/refugee status of foreign-born persons,” a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health tells Breitbart News.

MDR TB is the very dangerous variant of TB that takes up to two years and $150,000 per patient to treat, and then may have a survival rate as low as 60 percent. Active TB that is not drug resistant, on the other hand, and has been successfully treated using a standard four drug regimen for the past fifty years.

It currently takes six to nine months and approximately $17,000 per patient to successfully treat a case of active TB.

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