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Los Angeles in the grip of tuberculosis
outbreak, homeless particularly at risk

New York Daily News, by David Knowles

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Posted By:FlyRight, 2/23/2013 7:52:54 AM

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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 2/23/2013 8:03:21 AM     (No. 9192109)

All hail the sanctuary city.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/23/2013 8:14:46 AM     (No. 9192130)

This has the potential of becoming very serious. Until further notice lock down the borders and deny entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals of possible suspect countries.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Newtsche, 2/23/2013 8:31:38 AM     (No. 9192166)

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled vectors...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/23/2013 8:37:14 AM     (No. 9192178)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jacksin5, 2/23/2013 8:53:55 AM     (No. 9192203)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JimS, 2/23/2013 9:07:21 AM     (No. 9192222)

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

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BarryNo, 2/23/2013 10:44:51 AM     (No. 9192380)

This is one of the reasons to enforce immigration laws. Liberals always manage to kill people with their moralizing.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 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.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: navybrat, 2/23/2013 11:08:04 AM     (No. 9192418)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/23/2013 12:36:43 PM     (No. 9192514)

Homeless most affected?

Oh, my goodness! What happened to the women and minorities?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/23/2013 12:39:32 PM     (No. 9192522)

Homeless? When did this happen? I was sure that homelessness was cured on 1/20/2009...?

/s off/

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Scribelus, 2/23/2013 12:43:56 PM     (No. 9192528)

The Dark Ages revisit the fabled West, this time without the balm of devout Christianity. Ongoing socialist practices will make it far, far worse.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/23/2013 1:10:15 PM     (No. 9192560)

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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Reply 14 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/23/2013 2:09:53 PM     (No. 9192602)

Another reason to enforce immigration laws.

TB is not the only resurgent disease. Whooping Cough, leprosy, and measles and others are here in growing numbers.

Enforce immigration laws! Seal the borders! Do it for The Children!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/23/2013 2:32:06 PM     (No. 9192621)

Nothing new here...last time there was a big TB outbreak in SoCal was when Jimmah let all those Vietnamese Boat People in the country with no screening. Orange County had a huge outbreak.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/23/2013 3:49:57 PM     (No. 9192677)

#5 hits it. TB has always been around but for decades most countries had reduced it to near zero.

Completing the full course of treatment is essential. And a nearly impossible discipline for the homeless, addicts, etc.

Some should confined by Public Health laws. But activists have made that very difficult.

AFAIK TB is still 100% treatable. But some new strains have made it harder and harder to treat.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/24/2013 12:05:02 AM     (No. 9193021)

The only solution is to set up a free clinic for illegal immigrants to get vaccines; perhaps on the south side of the border.

TB is already in confined areas like jails and schools in states with the most immigrants. It´s some of the other communicable diseases that we wiped out years ago that are worrisome.

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