Dangerous XDR TB Patient Nabbed On U.S. Border

Wall Street Journal – In medical isolation in South Texas, 100 miles or so from Mexico’s border, is a man who embodies one of U.S. health officials’ greatest worries: He is the first person to cross and be held in detention while infected with one of the most severe types of drug-resistant tuberculosis known today.

His three-month odyssey through 13 countries—from his homeland of Nepal through South Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and finally into Texas—shows the way in which dangerous new strains of the disease can migrate across the world unchecked.

Tuberculosis, an ancient, fatal airborne disease, has been treatable for decades with a cocktail of drugs. However, shoddy medical practices world-wide have enabled the bacteria to mutate and, in some cases, become all but untreatable. In recent months The Wall Street Journal has exposed widening TB drug resistance in hot spots like India, and shown that the U.S. is surprisingly unprepared for the growing global problem. Most U.S. cases of drug-resistant TB occur in people who were born abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Nepalese man detained at the U.S. border carries a particularly deadly strain—XDR, “extensively drug-resistant” TB. His TB is resistant to at least eight of the 15 or so standard drugs, according to a U.S. government description of the case reviewed by the Journal. His XDR strain has been seen only once before in the U.S., in another patient of Nepalese origin, according to the government description.

The Nepalese patient was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol in late November as he tried to cross the border illegally near McAllen, Texas, according to Department of Homeland Security officials. The government declined to name him.

He was transferred five days later to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Los Fresnos, Texas, and put into “medical isolation” with suspected tuberculosis, according to ICE. He has since been moved to another ICE detention facility, in Pearsall, Texas, with more medical staff, ICE said. He is the first XDR-case in ICE custody.    (continue reading)

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17 Responses to Dangerous XDR TB Patient Nabbed On U.S. Border

  1. akathesob says:

    Great more to stress over.


  2. Sentenza says:

    Just send him back already.


  3. And he’s just the only one that’s been caught.


  4. stellap says:

    I think it’s happened before – WeeWeed mentioned it recently.


    • ytz4mee says:

      Another issue is legal immigrants, who have passed the required medical examinations to be given permanent residency permits, then shelter undocumented/unevaluated extended family members in their homes, who then expose everyone to a variety of antibiotic resistant diseases. TB is on the rise, as is a very dangerous form of pertussis (whooping cough).


  5. Sharon says:


    Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a new outbreak of tuberculosis is striking the Skid Row population of downtown Los Angeles. Since 2007, 80 people have been diagnosed with TB in Los Angeles County, 30 of them from Skid Row, where open waste and drug paraphernalia are commonplace. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is getting involved, tracking down some 4,500 people who may have come into contact with those afflicted with tuberculosis. – See more at: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/22/LA-homeless-tuberculosis#sthash.idN4HbYA.dpuf


  6. teemtwo says:

    Reblogged this on Conservative Calmversation and commented:
    This is scary. We don’t need an outbreak of a resistant strain of Tuberculosis:


  7. Rich Branson says:

    I bet the Dem’s are just tripping over each other in attempt to welcome this guy and give him a greencard, free education, and free healthcare.


    • ytz4mee says:

      I walked past the SEIU offices on Conn Ave NW in DC this evening. Their street level windows were plastered with placards for “Immigrant Rights” and “Immigrant Justice”.


  8. Knucledraggingwino says:

    Obama will use the sequestergedden as a pretext to release him into the US population.


  9. John Galt says:

    This should be pushed hard as an argument for border security and control of illegal immigration. There are numerous cases where illegal immigrants enter the country, commit a crime, get caught and incarcerated and infect other inmates. In a typical scenario, an inmate is incarcerated in a county jail and later transferred to a prison after sentencing. The county jail may not test for TB. I don’t know how universal it is, but some prisons have TB testing programs where they identify TB infected inmates shortly after intake. However they don’t treat unless it is an active TB case. Latent TB cases go untreated. So there is a substantial window for untested, untreated TB infected inmates to infect other inmates prior to testing. And there is another substantial window for latent TB cases to become active (inmate released, drug use, stress and crappy diet lowers immune function) and then infect other people.




  10. elvischupacabra says:

    So what’s to fear? That illegal and all of us now have Gummint Health Care.


  11. Josh says:

    This has been going on for some time now. Of course, we don’t hear too much about it. The CDC IS a governmental entity. Just another reason why I keep to myself.


  12. James F says:

    Just doing the thankless job of starting an horrendous epidemic that lazy American’s won’t do.


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