There Are Now 21 Refugees Living In Louisiana Who Developed Active Tuberculosis After Arriving

Louisiana may be getting more and more sick, as the state has taken in apparently 21 refugees from around the world in the last five years that have developed active tuberculosis (TB) in the first year they arrived.

According to a bombshell report from Breitbart News, the state is now home to 21 refugees, out of the 1,579 it took in within the last five years, living with TB, possibly more than any other state in the country.

Four percent of the general population in the United States has LTBI, while approximately 33 percent of the rest of the world has it.

258 of Louisiana’s total of 1,579 refugees who arrived between 2011 and 2015, or 16 percent, came from Myanmar, a country with one of the highest rates of active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI) in the world. 236, or 15 percent, came from Cuba, 235, another 15 percent, came from Iraq, and 137, or 8 percent, came from the Philippines.

Louisiana’s massive refugee resettlement comes primarily from Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, which was selected by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to operate the resettlement program.

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