Tuesday, 25 March 2008

TB making a come back in Canada thanks to mass immigration.

Tuberculosis was, more or less, done away with in Canada or at least placed under control but now it has been making a resurgence. Why is that? Could mass immigration, coupled with poor screening of immigrants, have anything to do with it?

This is from the Toronto Star.

Taking the cure in Toronto

As tuberculosis strains get deadlier, doctors find innovative ways to combat them
Mar 25, 2008 04:30 AM
Megan Ogilvie
Health Reporter


In some ways, tuberculosis treatment at Toronto's West Park Healthcare Centre has not changed much in 100 years.

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Today, almost every patient treated at West Park survives the disease – even though the hospital treats the sickest patients in the province.

The TB Unit, which can house about 20 patients, primarily cares for those who have other infections and health complications, including HIV/AIDS, on top of TB. And some patients have strains of TB that are resistant to almost all drugs.

Toronto sees about 375 tuberculosis cases a year, about one quarter of the cases in Canada.


Drug-resistant strains emerged because poor TB control practices in developing countries caused the bacteria to mutate. One to 3 per cent are multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, or MDR-TB. There have only been two known cases of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, in the city. The World Health Organization has reported only 30 per cent of people with XDR-TB can be cured.

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People who have active tuberculosis pass on the bacteria when they cough. Someone who breathes in enough of these particles can get TB, but only 5 to 10 per cent of those will develop active TB...

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The majority of West Park's patients – upwards of 95 per cent – are new to Canada, and the hospital offers tutors to help them learn English. Avendano says some patients are very sick.

Not only has mass immigration contributed to the doctor shortage but it is also putting the lives of Canadians at risk. Why are these cases of TB in Canada in the first place? Those infected should have been spotted and stopped at the border and denied entry.

Given the mess of our immigration system and its ineptitude at spotting health risks at the border it should be no surprise to anyone that Toronto was hit with the Hong Kong born virus SARS. If it wasn't Toronto then it would have been Vancouver since both cities have sizable Asian populations. We should be pressuring our government to do something about this. Our immigration system shouldn't be a danger to the health of Canadians not should it be allowed to be abused by those who come here under false pretenses to milk our health care system. We simply cannot afford it both in tax dollars and quality of life.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Canada places our doormat just inside the front door with a large 'Welcome' emblazoned on it.

Once you're inside our home, it becomes very difficult to push you back outside from whence you came.

Several years ago in Hamilton, Ontario - an African man infected with AIDS had sexual contact with several duped women before he was exposed in news reports. Ontario health authorities were then forced to track down all the recipient women who unfortunately encountered this walking health hazard that cost the ministry over a million dollars.

That was only ONE infected foreigner!

On March 21/08, the Calgary Sun newspaper carried this story - "The Sun revealed yesterday that between 2002 and 2006, federal immigration officials refused [only] 126 of 2,567 applicants who'd tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS ."

About a thousand foreigners calling themselves "refugees" enter our country EVERY WEEK. There are no doctors sitting at border stations ready to examine these people, so Canadians are immediately placed at risk by contracting any contagious disease they may be carrying.

TB is an air-borne virus, so I'd be reluctant in rubbing up against shoulders while travelling by bus, subway or any other public transportation, especially in Toronto or Vancouver.

PaxCanadiana said...

On March 21/08, the Calgary Sun newspaper carried this story - "The Sun revealed yesterday that between 2002 and 2006, federal immigration officials refused [only] 126 of 2,567 applicants who'd tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS ."

Interesting but sadly not surprising.

TB is an air-borne virus, so I'd be reluctant in rubbing up against shoulders while travelling by bus, subway or any other public transportation, especially in Toronto or Vancouver.

TB is a horrible disease and it angers me that our government appears indifferent to its importation via immigration channels. Are Liberal party votes more important than the health of Canadians?