Tuesday, January 24, 2006

110 of 350 Poultry Workers Test Positive for TB

The Democrat Gazette reported that 110 of 350 poultry workers at an Arkansas River Valley poultry plant tested positive for tuberculosis. Only one worker had the active form of the disease, which can lie dormant for years. The worker is responding to treatment. The outbreak is not necessarily a sign of a general outbreak of TB in Danville, as a public health spokesman noted that many of the workers come from countries where TB is more common.

There are normally about 30 active cases of TB a year in Arkansas. Over 16,000 people in America have tested positive for TB, but recently 44% of those have been found to be people living in the U.S. but born in other countries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tancredo: Deploy Troops to Stop Mexican Incursions \

By Congressional Desk

January 25, 2006

Congressman Cites Mexican Military’s Recent Armed Assistance in Transporting Drugs Into U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today called on the federal government and the governments of southern border states to immediately deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in light of recent armed assistance Mexico’s military has given to drug smugglers.

Mexican military officers and drug smugglers led a standoff against more than 30 U.S. law enforcement officials east of El Paso, yesterday. According to the FBI and local sheriffs, law enforcement was tipped off to three SUVs carrying drugs across the Rio Grande River. When the sheriffs arrived at the crossing, they saw a Mexican military vehicle equipped with mounted machine guns on the U.S. side of the river waiting to escort the SUVs into the U.S.

The caravan turned back to Mexico, but only one SUV made it back—one SUV got caught in the river and was set ablaze by the Mexican military, and the other was captured by the sheriffs and found to contain more than 1400 pounds of marijuana. When called for help, a Border Patrol agent told the sheriffs’ dispatchers, “If you want to get your a** shot over a load of dope go ahead, but we’re not coming.” Apparently, some border patrol units showed up after the incident was over.

“Our border has literally turned into a war zone with foreign military personnel challenging our laws and our sovereignty,” said Tancredo. “The Mexican military is using its overwhelming firepower to hold the U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement at bay. The only way to deal with this dangerous situation is to tap the resources of our own military. I call on President Bush and the Governors of border states to immediately deploy military personnel to defend our borders against the Mexican military.”

In 2002, Congressman Tancredo visited Arizona’s border with Mexico and was briefed about the repeated military incursions. Tancredo wrote a letter to Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Juan José Bremer, asking about the incursions, to which Bremer responded: “Mexico has not had and does not have a policy of military incursions in any other Nation… every case… [is] unnoticed or accidental.”

“The Mexican military has made hundreds of incursions into the U.S. over the last few years, yet Secretary Chertoff continues to call them ‘accidents’. The systematic smuggling of contraband into the U.S. is no accident—it is a sanctioned activity used to grease the wheels of a corrupt military.”

10:27 AM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger kw's blog said...

My dad works at the state health department. According to him, the initial skin test for TB often shows a false positive. If these TB cases are based on skin test, they could because of vacination or some other disease. If these TB cases are based on X-ray results, then it's true.

Someone carrying the bird flu, which is spreading in third world countries, could easily come across the Mexican border and end up working in a Tyson's chicken plant.

1:38 PM, January 27, 2006  
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