Great news: 22% of refugees in Minnesota test positive for TB

Great news: 22% of refugees in Minnesota test positive for TB
Somalis in Minneapolis. (Image: Screen grab of video from Ami Horowitz, YouTube)

[Ed. – In case there’s not enough TB swimming the Rio Grande, thank goodness we’re flying it in from Africa.]

One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control. …

TB screening is offered to all refugees during the domestic refugee health exam.

In 2014, 22 percent of refugees screened tested positive for LTBI (latent tuberculosis infection).

26 percent of all foreign born cases of tuberculosis in Minnesota were from people born in Somalia. Somalians [sic] almost exclusively enter the state through the refugee resettlement program.

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