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Last week, we covered important information on Ebola and sorted out some of the facts from myths. The comments posted by those in the medical profession and by others who have studied the Ebola virus were extremely valuable.
(David’s note: We know from analyzing traffic patterns that our readers are off-the-charts compared to most sites in terms of intelligence and education, but I’m a high school graduate with some college and a LOT of self-study and hard-knocks education. It’s always encouraging and a little humbling for people with advanced degrees and other pedigrees to share their support and/or thoughts. Thank you.)
Understanding the Ebola virus is only part of the puzzle. In a protracted crisis, our borders will be overrun. Already the U.S. border patrol is understaffed and overwhelmed as hundreds and sometimes thousands of illegal immigrants cross our borders DAILY.
Lately, that number has grown with the onslaught of unaccompanied minors, women and children who escaped Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, via Mexico into the U.S.
Arriving with them are Mexican immigrants hoping to slip into the U.S. undetected while border guards are inundated with Central Americans (some of whom are unaccompanied minors) seeking refuge from the violence, drug and sex trafficking, and extreme poverty of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
One of the reasons for worsening poverty and the escalation in crime in this region is a 2012 and 3013 coffee crop failure brought on by fungus. This fungus has decimated 70 percent of the coffee crops in Guatemala, 74 percent in El Salvador, and 25 percent in Honduras, leaving farmers and workers struggling to survive.
U.S. officials are bracing for higher numbers of people fleeing to the U.S. as poverty and crime in the region only grows worse.
In the meantime Border Agents are worried about viral outbreak as reported by Navideh Forghani in a June 6th, 2014 abc15 news article: Undocumented Immigrants bringing disease across border?
Here are excerpts from the article:
“We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn’t know what’s going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.
Cabrera says agents are seeing illegal immigrants come over with contagious infections.
Detention centers and holding facilities have quarantined areas for those who come in sick. But Cabrera says the sick and healthy are separated only by caution tape.
“There’s been an outbreak of scabies that’s been going on for the past month,” Cabrera said.
Texas border resident Jorge Garcia says word about the contagious skin infection is getting around.
“Our Border Patrol agents check on us all the time and they told us about the outbreak of scabies,” Garcia said.
Cabrera says the sickness doesn’t stop at scabies.
“We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, we are starting to see different viruses,” Cabrera said.
American Thinker published Diseases Crossing the Border, Too, as reported on June 27, 2014 by Brian C. Joondeph that shines a light on what our border patrol are having to fight. Below is a portion of the article:
A whistleblower from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) characterized the flow of illegal immigrants across the border as, “bringing with it tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.” ICE isn’t screening for infectious diseases, instead relying on self-reporting. Immigrants are not detained for further health screening, “unless they tell us they’re sick,”according to the ICE agent.
Symptoms of TB, according to the CDC, include a persistent cough, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and night sweats. Most everyone crossing the Mexican desert, hiding from authorities, with limited food and water, for weeks on end will have these symptoms. So who gets screened? Everyone or no one? Likely the latter, based on the sheer volume of immigrants.
Preventing the spread of TB, according to the Mayo Clinic, means staying home, avoiding closed spaces without ventilation, and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing. The holding areas for the immigrants are quite the opposite, conducive for spreading infectious diseases. Holding facilities in Brownsville Texas are characterized by “the pungent odor that comes with keeping people in close quarters.” Sounds like ideal conditions for spreading a communicable disease.
Even if ICE agents could spot potential TB carriers, how many are they missing? “On a good day, we catch approximately 30 to 40 percent of all crossers while the rest simply get away,” according to the ICE agent. US Customs and Border Protection estimates over 50,000 apprehensions of unaccompanied children across the southwest border over the past nine months. It’s safe to assume three to four times as many are not apprehended, not to mention many more adults.
One third of the world’s population are infected with TB,”per the CDC. Last year, “64% of all TB cases and 91% of multidrug–resistant TB cases in the United States occurred among people born in other countries.” And Latin American slums are described by USAID as “a breeding ground for tuberculosis.” Guess which “other countries” most of those crossing our southern border are coming from.
And, of course, there’s David’s article from last month that gives a lot of the research and history leading up to what “experts” are claiming as new: survivethecomingcollapse.com/3788/southern-border-crisis-epidemics-pandemics/
There are numerous diseases crossing our borders daily. The following represent a few of the biggest health threats we face today. But before we get started, it should be pointed out that wrestling hard numbers of people in the U.S. battling any disease from the CDC is nearly impossible, and getting the number of diseases that stemmed from illegals crossing our borders is as likely as winning next week’s Power Ball.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), classified as a super-bug, is a staph infection which is resistant to methicillin, the drug typically used to treat staph infections.
MRSA bacteria is usually found on the skin and in the nose and can easily be transmitted from one person to another through casual contact or through contaminated objects. Those who contract MRSA pneumonia can spread the disease by coughing. MRSA has been a huge concern in hospital settings, where contracting the disease can lead to serious complications. MRSA carriers may not become ill or show symptoms of the disease, but can still spread it.
Symptoms of MRSA are pimples or boils, abscesses, and cellulitis which is a skin infection that presents as a red, hot, swollen skin that may crack or split or ooze fluid.
MRSA is treated with: antibiotic prescription, antibiotic IV, topical ointments that are rubbed into the skin and nose, or by daily washing of the skin with chlorhexidine which will reduce bacteria on the skin.
To avoid contracting or spreading MRSA: Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Keep cuts/scrapes clean and covered. Avoid contact with bandages/wounds, skin, and touching an objects of someone infected with MRSA–use of disposable gloves offers a barrier. An N95 mask, eye protection, along with protective gloves is necessary to avoid catching the disease from those who have contracted MRSA pneumonia.
(David’s note: You MIGHT just want to look to cinnamon oil as well. A 2009 study reported in the Journal of Cranial-Maxillofacial Surgery as well as other studies have shown cinnamon oil to be effective on MRSA.)
Tuberculosis is a slow-growing infection that typically attacks the lungs (pulmonary TB), but can also spread to other parts of the body (extrapulmonary TB). TB can be latent (TB bacteria is found in the body, but there are no symptoms), which can became active TB later on. When TB is active, it is an airborne disease and can easily be transmitted to others breathing the same air.
It is common for those living in countries such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe to go untreated for TB. For this reason, there are legitimate concerns over illegal aliens arriving from these countries and spreading Tuberculosis in the U.S.
Symptoms of active TB are a cough with thick, cloudy mucus (may contain blood), exhaustion, weight loss, night sweats/fever, rapid heart beat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
Avoiding TB would be extremely difficult unless you associate only with others who have tested negative for TB and you avoid public places, as outward signs of TB may not be easily detected. Wearing disposable gloves, eye protection and an N95 face mask will reduce risk.
The CDC reports that MDR and XDR Drug-Resistant TB is rare, but are difficult and expensive to treat and carry a much higher mortality rate. It is recommended to avoid exposure with known drug-resistant TB patients, but as the influx of illegal immigrants infected with drug-resistant TB continue to cross our borders, this will be extremely difficult to do.
Hepatitis is a disease that attacks the liver. There are major concerns over how many immigrants arriving to the U.S. may be infected with Hepatitis A, B or C.
Each year there are approximately 32,000 new Hepatitis A cases, but the number could be much higher, as Hepatitis A doesn’t always have symptoms, so those infected may not seek medical help or get diagnosed. Hepatitis A causes liver disease,which is usually contracted through an infected food handler, contaminated food, or contaminated water. It’s possible for the liver of someone who is infected with Hepatitis A to heal itself within a few months, however in 2004 nearly 650 people contracted the Hepatitis A virus at a Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant in Pennsylvania, which led to four deaths. It was said that the cause of Chi Chi’s Restaurant Hepatitis A outbreak was because of green onions which were contaminated with infected feces.
(David’s note: Disease spread by fecal matter may seem disgusting to people who’ve had toilet paper, soap, and clean running water all of their lives, but those are luxuries in many societies. Hence the common saying in 3rd, and 4th world countries of “wipe with your left hand and shake with your right.” That’s the reality that many 3rd & 4th world immigrants have when they come to the US, regardless of whether or not they get a job doing manual labor or in the kitchen at a fast food restaurant.)
Hepatitis B, like Hepatitis C, is contracted through the blood (sharing of needles, razors or toothbrushes, and unprotected sex), and not through casual contact with infected people. In the U.S., more than three million people are now chronically infected with Hepatitis C, leading to 10,000 deaths each year. World wide, the number of people infected with Hepatitis C is 170 million. Hepatitis B & C is not transmitted through sharing food or drinks, hugging, sneezing or coughing.
Treatment: There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C and treatment isn’t always an option due to the serious side effects of the medicines used to treat it. Tests must first reveal what genotype of Hepatitis that has been contracted, how much of the virus exists in the body, overall health, and how damaged the liver is. Hepatitis B & C are both contracted by blood, therefore risky behavior is the leading cause, as is sharing a razor or toothbrush with others. Hepatitis B & C can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer.
There is a vaccine available for Hepatitis A & B , which is found to be 95 percent effective. To avoid contracting the Hepatitis A virus drinking, cooking and washing water should never be in question. The second precaution may be more difficult for those who are partial to eating out. A food handler who has Hepatitis A may not know they are infected. If they do not practice good hygiene (washing their hands after a bathroom break) and are infected, the Hepatitis A virus can be transmitted by the food they have handled.
Scabies (Sarcoptes Scabiei) scabies mites cause itchy skin and are transmitteded by direct skin-to-skin contact. Scabies is considered a sexually transmitted condition, but it can also be contracted by close skin-to-skin contact such as by mothers and infants or people sleeping/traveling in cramped conditions.
Symptoms are: a surface rash of small red bumps or blisters, and small red burrows on the skin. Another symptom of scabies is non-stop itching.
Treatment: According to the CDC, scabies must be treated with a scabicide lotion or cream that is prescribed by a doctor, as there are no over-the-counter lotions or ointments available for the cure of scabies.. It is recommended to wash all clothing, bedding and towels in hot water and a hot dryer, or to seal them in a in a plastic bag for at least 72 hours, as scabies mites do not typically survive away from human skin for more than 2 to 3 days. Skin sores that become infected by scabies are treated with antibiotics. In Nigeria, they also treat scabies with Oregano oil
Malaria, once eradicated in the U.S., is showing up again with outbreaks in New York City, New Jersey, California and Houston. Malaria is transmitted by the bite of the Anopheled mosquito. It is possible to contracted Malaria through transfusion of tainted blood, organ transplant, shared needles that have contaminated by tainted blood and can be transmitted from a mother to her infant during birth, called congenital malaria.
Unfortunately, even this lengthy post can’t cover the rest of the diseases being reported. We still need to get into Chagas Disease which began showing up in the U.S. through tainted blood supplies, Dengue, H1N1 Swine Flu and Chicken Pox, which we’ll return to within a few weeks.
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What’s your take on the state of our boarders and the potential for the spread of disease by illegal immigrants? Any scientific studies you can point to for non-prescription solutions? (Don’t be one of THOSE people who say you’ve got the solution without saying what it is…just share what it is.) Please sound off by commenting below.
God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva