Single Case of Tuberculosis at High School in Colorado Forces Widespread Testing

Denver Post, Karen Augé, Feb. 10, 2012

Some 40 percent of 140 students and staff exposed to tuberculosis at Longmont High School have tested positive for latent TB, a rate that one expert called “absolutely astounding.”

The unexpectedly high rate of positive tests means health officials now plan to test all the roughly 1,200 students and 120 faculty and staff who were at the school in the fall term, said Dr. Randall Reves, director of the of the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Clinic, based at Denver Health.

The testing started after a Longmont High student was diagnosed with active TB last fall. Health officials began by testing students who had two or more classes with the infected student. As positive results kept appearing, the circle of people who were tested grew.


Reves said blood tests for TB cost about $40 each, just for the equipment and processing, while the older skin test method costs considerably less. Still, the cost, which is being picked up by the public health departments, is expected to be significant.

“It’s expensive, and the state knows this.” But, Reves likened it to a wildfire—it’s unexpected but for the public good, “you have to be able to respond.

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  • How is this relevant to AR?

    On a hunch, I called up Great Schools, and found out Longmont HS student body is 69% White, 27% hispanic.

    • .

      It’s relevant because 70% of TB infections come from foreign born residents. And much of the remainder are children of foreign born residents. The only native cases are from elderly people who have been latent carriers since before TB was eradicated. In other words, shoving immigration down our throats is putting us at risk of deadly infectious diseases.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    70% of TB infections come from foreign born residents. And much of the remainder are children of foreign born residents.

    Oh, so true!  

    TB was once eradicated in the US, yet in 2007-8 alone, some 26,000 cases were reported.  An anti-biotic-resistant strain of TB, once only seen in Mexico, is now flourishing in New York, Texas, California and Arizona where hoards of illegals work in restaurants as cooks, dishwashers and food handlers.  The Washington Post reports a 188 percent surge in TB in Virginia’s  Prince William County.

    In an earlier time, immigrants were screened, quarantined and returned to their home countries if necessary – in facilities such as Ellis Island. 

    Many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant TB, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease” – the latter a ghastly and often fatal parasitic infection previously unknown in most of the U.S.

    Do you think the government or CDC have any intention of warning us of these deadly Third World diseases brought in by illegal aliens?

    The Latin American brainworm, cysticercosis, is a disgusting tropical infection caused by a pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. The Wall Street Journal reports, In recent years, as the immigrant population has spread… cysticercosis has cropped up in states that have never had to deal with it before, including Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Oregon.  The CDC notes:  cysticerosis is a product of poor hygiene where ‘pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human feces.’

    The government, as usual, is trying to downplay anything that reveals the true cost of its open border, pro-illegal alien policies.


    • Anonymous

      I saw a great documentary on the spread of the brainworm on the west coast.  Don’t remember the channel.  The CDC finally traced it to a Mexican maid.

  • Anonymous

    Mexicans – carrying the TB that Americans won’t carry

    • Anonymous

      Actually Mexico has low TB rates. TB is high in India and Africa.

      • To Sonya610:
         Don’t forget Russia and Moldovia too.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        JackKrak is correct.  

        Mexicans are the leading contributors to TB in the United States.  The CDC recommends tuberculin skin testing for travelers who visit high-TB countries, especially Mexico the Dominican Republic or Haiti, for three months or longer or for those engaged in health care work. 
        TB is endemic in Mexico, especially in ares that border the US, reflected in the image of US states with the highest incidences of TB —  border states such asTexas, Arizona and California.

        According to the CDC Nov, 2011, in a report:Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2010:*Hispanics accounted for the largest percentage of total cases of TB of any race/ethnicity (29%). 
        *From 2006 through 2010, the top five countries of origin of foreign-born persons with TB were Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, India, and China. * Mexico accounted for 25% of all TB cases among the foreign-born, making it the leading contributor of TB cases in the U.S., a position it has held since 2002.

        It is because of Mexican immigrants, legal and illegal, that I am mandated to take a TB screening test every few years as a condition of my employment — for something that was once eradicated in the US.


        • Anonymous

          Most of the TB cases in Mexico are along the US border, perhaps they have less resistance and are catching it from other third worlders in the U.S.?

          Rates of sputum smear positive TB per 100,000 of the population:
          Mexico — 11
          India — 75
          Liberia — 153
          Angola — 163
          Bangladesh — 110
          Namibia — 330
          Cambodia — 243
          Haiti — 143

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Yes, I’m sure Mexico health screens its poorest citizens before they pour over the border into the US, right? Mexico wouldn’t deign to push its poorest, sickest residents into the US, would they?


            It costs between $250,000 and a million dollars to treat each TB patient.

            Try telling folks in Georgia that “TB rates are low in Mexico” and they have nothing to worry about.

            At one chicken plant in Decatur, Georgia illegal aliens from Mexico, tested positive for TB.

            As reported by Eric Fleischauer in the Decatur Daily, All of the employees at the Wayne Farms fresh processing plant in Decatur have received tuberculosis skin tests and all 212 of them tested positive.

            Tell Native Born Georgians, that every infected illegal infects between 10 and 50 other Americans and their children attend schools where they are vulnerable to contracting TB. Do you think the illegal alien UG government or media will tell them?

            And, I suppose the CDC is wrong when it reports that In 2010, 16,000 new cases of TB from illegals crossed over our borders unscreened for health purposes.

            And the CDC is wrong here too, isn’t it when it states on its website:

            Mexico brings more than twice the TB cases as the second place Philippines.

            And USAID cannot possibly be right when it tells us:

            Tuberculosis (TB) is a public health problem in Mexico and remains of great interest to the United States, given the shared borders and immigration flow between the two countries.

            And the World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t have a clue either when it reports:

            Mexico had an estimated 21,283 TB cases in 2007, with an estimated incidence rate of 20 cases per 100,000 population.

            And, we Californians have nothing to worry about, do we? After all, according to you, “Mexico has low rates of TB.” I need to tell my school district that I’m never taking a TB test again because “Mexico has low rates of TB.”

            According to WHO:

            In California, Mexico is noted as the most common country of origin for patients with MDR-TB (27.8%) and with XDR-TB (46.7%).

            MDR stands for Multi-drug resistant, XDR means extensively drug resistant.

            In 2007, 84.5% of MDR-TB cases in the United States were among foreign-born persons, with Mexico being the most common origin for active TB cases in this group, or about 25% of all foreign-born cases.

            TB disappeared from America thanks to excellent hygiene and powerful modern drugs such as Isoniazid and Rifampin. Destitute illegal immigrants have reintroduced TB into the United states, according to the World Health Organization, CDC and USAID.

            So stop telling people Mexico has “low rates of TB.” It is a lie, and a damned one at that.

            The American people should be warned about the risks of contracting TB from hoards of illegal colonists from Mexico who are spreading throughout the US like cockroaches. Telling them otherwise is the height of evil.


  • Anonymous

    The bed bugs and lice are likely transmitted by the foreign travelers that sleep in the beds and bring their luggage in, not the workers changing the sheets.

    Helpful tip — when staying at a hotel/motel NEVER put your suitcase on the bed, use the luggage stand. If there are creepy crawlies living in the bed you don’t want to invite them to come home with you.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Bed bugs were virtually eradicated from the US sixty years ago. They have been re-introduced into the United States via Third World immigration, legal and illegal.

      The New York Times reports 

      First among the reasons for the return of the blood-sucking bugs is increased immigration from the developing world 

      (don’t look for the term “illegal aliens” in the politically correct NYT.) WebMD reports that bedbugs are also showing up in hotels, college dorms, and hospitals.

      • Anonymous

        NYC is infested. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the third world guests that are sleeping in the beds and bringing lice with them to infect the room; not the hotel staff changing the sheets.

        Side note: use the luggage stand and don’t put your clothing/suitcase on the bed. Evidence of bed bugs is often visible on the mattress, little black spots similar to flea droppings.