In Los Angeles, Skid Row just got even more bleak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dispatched a team of scientists to Los Angeles to try and help contain an outbreak of tuberculosis being spread among the city’s homeless population. Sixty of the 78 people identified with the potentially deadly disease were homeless people who live on and around Skid Row, the Los Angeles Times reported.
I say that we should have Congress take a field trip and convene right in the middle of skid row with the TB infected bums. Maybe it would open up some blind eyes regarding immigration when they are finally at risk of TB like the rest of us.
TB has always been a problem amongst the Skid Row population, as they cannot be forced into completing a course of treatment. This is one of the factors that has brought about the introduction of drug-resistant TB.
Laws exist on the books to hold and quarantine citizens under Public Health statutes, but homeless activists will block any attempt to do so.
The r3eal problem is that in an already weakened state, these same people will contract other diseases which will also spread to the general population.
As a major threat to public health, I think they should round up all these TB-ridden homeless people and confine them in a location where any spread of the disease would have little detrimental effect on society. Someplace like....Hollywood
Most of the homeless are either mentally ill or substance abusers. There is no evidence that a significant number of the homeless are illegal, or that the source of this TB outbreak is illegal immigration.
I am sure the city and state will come up with the money to manage this TB outbreak on the streets. Like most cities and states, they ignored the situation of the mentally ill on the streets until a calamity occurs. States were happy to have the savings from closing mental hospitals decades ago...but never spent the savings on community-based facilities to house the severely mentally ill. And then they wondered why suddenly there were homeless on the streets.
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mean Gene, 2/23/2013 11:00:04 AM (No. 9192409)
My main surprise at this is that it was TB 1st rather than a disease caused by the lack of proper sanitation amongst the homeless. In Long Beach they have set up ´´tent cities´´ all along the freeways and bridges, also by the Los Angeles River. But there are NO ´´facilities.´´ They just go where ever. It is just a matter of time, when the weather warms up enough to help spread their diseases.
There are not any homeless when we have a democrat president. Remember when that great Hollywood sage, Cher, said, when there is a Republican president there are homeless people everywhere. This must still be Bush´s fault after 4 plus years.
You cannot confine an adult in a health facility, mental or otherwise, if they do not want to be confined. You cannot force them to get outpatient treatment if they do not want it. It is the law.
Very difficult to find the homeless and treat/inoculate them... Because everyone knows the homeless are invisible and not spoken about much nor much media coverage at all during Democratic administrations.
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