Public Health Threat: 16 Refugees in Colorado Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

TOWNHALL — As the State Department ramps up the number of refugees it admits into the country, many Americans fear terrorists may slip through the cracks and threaten our national security. But a new report from the Colorado state government gives us reason to also worry about refugees’ effects on the public health of the country.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that 16 refugees out of the total 7,754 were diagnosed with ‘active’ tuberculosis between 2011 and 2014. “Active” means that the disease is contagious.

Another 1,348 refugees in Colorado tested positive for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which World Health Organization explained is a condition in which people “do not have active TB disease but may develop it in the near or remote future.”

The rates of TB and LTBI are significantly higher among foreign-born Colorado residents than among American citizens. Breitbart compared the statistics, reporting that TB appeared in one out of every 484 arriving refugees.

“During that same time period, 67 out of the state’s estimated 4.5 million U.S.-born residents were diagnosed with active TB.

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