NYC Health Official: Illegal Immigration Bringing Tuberculosis, Polio to New York

A 26 year old migrant from Guinea is treated for suspected tuberculosis by two doctors of

New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan announced that illegal immigration has been ushering a new wave of tuberculosis and polio to the city.

In a citywide letter to physicians and healthcare administrators last week, Vasan said that the more than 50,000 illegal immigrants that have come to New York City since last year caused a spike in contagious diseases like tuberculosis and polio.

“Many people who recently arrived in NYC have lived in or traveled through countries with high rates of TB,” he wrote, as reported by the New York Post.

Tuberculosis can be cured with antibiotics and generally takes six to nine months to fully recover. According to the Post, the city’s TB rate is now more than double the national rate with 6.1 cases per 100,000.
“Close to nine out of 10 (88%) of these TB cases are people born outside the United States,” it noted. “Every neighborhood in the city has had at least one case.”

“Commissioner Vasan’s letter called on New York to pull out all the stops providing migrants health care, food and legal services,” the Post continued. “Immigrants who lawfully apply for a visa must undergo health screenings and show they are vaccinated, and refugees are screened for TB before entering the United States.”

As Breitbart News reported, President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently admitted thousands of unaccompanied migrant children “with inactive tuberculosis into American communities in the last year.”

“A court-ordered report, reviewed by Stephen Dinan at the Washington Times, details how HHS has been releasing thousands of UACs with latent infections as part of the federal government’s pipeline of migrant children into the United States,” said the report.

“According to the government report, HHS is ‘not routinely’ treating UACs with inactive tuberculosis because they typically are released quickly into the U.S. interior,” it added. “Likewise, the report found that HHS does not have adequate shelter space for UACs who are revealed to have criminal records but failed to go into where those migrant children ultimately end up.”

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