Minnesota Diagnosed 296 Refugees with Active Tuberculosis

That’s 10 times more than any other state. Comforting.

Between 2010 and 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health diagnosed 296 refugees with active tuberculosis, according to Breitbart. That’s 10 times more cases reported over the other states that have released their figures. 

“Seventy-one were diagnosed within one year of their arrival, while 225 were diagnosed after the first year,” the report states. However, only 14 states have reported so far. The other 13 are:

Nebraska (21), Louisiana (21), Michigan (19),  Vermont (17), Colorado (16), Florida (11), Ohio (11 in one county), Idaho (7), Kentucky (9 in one county), North Dakota (4 in one county),  Indiana (4), California (3), and Tennessee, where two refugees have been diagnosed with the very dangerous, multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB.

In all, 468 cases have been reported, many among the Somali refugees resettled in the country, but 36 states still haven’t released their numbers and in some cases, the figures are only partial.

Minnesota taxpayers foot the bill for the nearly 300 TB cases at an average cost of $17,000 per case, totaling $5 million. 

Refugees with Class B1, B2, and B3 TB classifications are allowed to enter the United States. That means they have symptoms consistent with TB or have a “latent” infection. Refugees that receive a Class A classification (positively have it) aren’t allowed to enter UNLESS they receive a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security. And you guessed it -- the DHS hasn’t released how many waivers it has distributed.

Read more here.

Tuberculosis is just one of six diseases making a comeback in America with much of the thanks going to President Obama's refugee resettlement program.

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