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Twenty-One Refugees with Active TB Sent to Louisiana Since 2011

Louisiana now has the dubious distinction as the state with the highest reported number of recently resettled refugees with active TB —at least among the five states that have confirmed to Breitbart that refugees resettled in their state have either arrived with active TB, or developed it within the first year of their arrival.

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One in Four Refugees Sent to Tennessee Carry Tuberculosis

The refugee health data provided to Breitbart News by TOR about tuberculosis makes Tennessee the state with the second highest rate of LTBI among recently resettled refugees in the nine states that have either publicly reported the information, or provided it upon request to Breitbart News.

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Study: High Latent TB Infection Rates ‘Increase Risk of Active TB in Refugee Resettlement Communities’

The scientific findings come from the research team headed by Dr. Timothy Rodwell, “an associate professor and physician in the Division of Global Health at UCSD” and one of the top tuberculosis experts in the world. They belie political arguments made by immigration advocates that reporting on the public health risks posed by high rates of latent TB infection (LTBI) among refugees is a “baseless exercise in fear mongering” and “incite[s] a vast overreaction.”