Are Illegal Aliens Bringing Leprosy to California?

California has it all. Beaches, sunshine, typhus. Yes, there are sunny beaches and sunny typhus adjacent to some of those beaches. Also hepatitis outbreaks.

And now, leprosy.

According to the CDC, there are between 100 and 200 new cases of leprosy reported in the U.S. every year. A study just released from the Keck Medical Center at the University of Southern California looked at 187 leprosy patients treated at its clinic from 1973 to 2018 and found that most were Latino, originating from Mexico, where the disease is somewhat more common, and that there was on average a three-year delay in diagnosis, during which time the side effects of the disease — usually irreversible, even with treatment — began to occur.

Leprosy is still more prevalent in Central America and South America, with more than 20,000 new cases per year. Given that, there is certainly the possibility of sporadic cases of leprosy continuing to be brought across our southern border undetected.

And it seems only a matter of time before leprosy could take hold among the homeless population in an area such as Los Angeles County, with close to 60,000 homeless people and 75 percent of those lacking even temporary shelter or adequate hygiene and medical treatment

Illegal aliens spreading leprosy to homeless addicts in California? You can't spell social justice without anti-social diseases. At this rate, California won't be a sanctuary state. It'll be a state walled in by other states and its sunny beaches will be populated by zombies.

But it'll be fine because typhus-ridden zombies suffering from leprosy can't use straws. That's good for the environment. Right?

The CDC's own numbers made it clear that leprosy is a disease brought into the country by immigrants from South America, Asia and Oceania. That last part mostly means Micronesia.

Here's a politically incorrect New York Times headline from 1983. "IMMIGRATION BRINGING MORE LEPROSY TO U.S",

Here's an excerpt from that article.

Carlos immigrated from Mexico in 1969, married and fathered two sons, now 6 and 11 years old. But he keeps a secret from his boys: Carlos has leprosy. 

Leprosy, the disfiguring scourge of the skin most associated with exotic lands and Bible stories, is increasing because of immigration from Southeast Asia and Latin America.

''These people come to the United States and bring their disease with them,'' said Dr. Thomas Rea, a dermatologist at the University of Southern California who treats Carlos and 400 other leprosy patients at County-U.S.C. Medical Center.

'The increased incidence is due entirely to imported cases,'' said Dr. Robert Jacobson, clinical chief for the United States Public Health Service's leprosy facility in Carville, La.

Most of the new cases this year were reported in areas that receive the most immigrants from Southeast Asia and Latin America: 58 in California, 28 in Hawaii, 27 in Texas, 24 in New York City, 15 in Washington State, 9 in Arizona and 6 in Florida.

I guess we could ban leper migration, but then the media would cry and demand that we immediately admit all the world's lepers and resettle them in areas that voted for Trump, while keeping them out of their doorman buildings and gated communities.
 

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