Chicago Confirms Tuberculosis Outbreaks at Migrant Shelters

Chicago health officials have confirmed that some of the “sanctuary” city’s migrant shelters have recorded outbreaks of tuberculosis (TB) cases.

Officials announced that a “small number” of TB cases have been reported at the facilities.

The news comes after an outbreak of measles was reported among taxpayer-funded illegal aliens living in the Democrat-controlled Illinois city.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) revealed outbreaks of TB cases were reported in “a few different shelters” in the city.

However, officials did not disclose the exact number of confirmed cases, Fox 32 Chicago reports.

Nor did they disclose which shelter locations the cases originated from.

The CDPH says its medical teams are ramping up contact tracing to address the health issue.

Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.

Meanwhile, more than 55 measles cases have now been confirmed in Chicago.

The majority of the measles cases were reported in the Pilsen migrant shelter on Halsted Street.

“CDPH is aware of a small number of cases of TB among new arrivals in a few different shelters over the course of the response,” Chicago health officials said in a statement to Fox 32.

The agency said 10% to 20% of Central and South American residents have a latent TB infection.

Latent TB infection is asymptomatic and not transmissible to others.

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It does, however, result in a positive TB test, CDPH says.

The health body says TB is curable with antibiotics and is not particularly infectious.

It typically requires several hours or more of prolonged close contact between individuals to spread.

The CDPH statement reads:

“TB is not a novel or rarely seen illness in Chicago, as the Chicago Department of Public Health typically expects to see between 100-150 cases of tuberculosis in Chicago residents in an average year.

“We will continue to offer treatment to individuals as necessary and take the proper precautions to eliminate spread, but we do not consider this a matter presenting a substantial threat to the public.”

On Thursday morning, Raymond Lopez, a Chicago alderman, told “Fox and Friends” that this outbreak could have been prevented had the migrants been required to follow the same vaccination rules as U.S. citizens.

“This is a crisis we could have avoided, just like with the measles, if we had simply instituted the American standard of vaccines upon all those migrants being shipped to the city of Chicago,” Lopez said.

“Many of these individuals come with children, they are in our schools and all of those vaccination requirements that our kids are responsible for are waved for the migrant asylum seeker children.

“And that is putting the people, families, and communities at risk.”

The TB vaccine, known as BCG, is not widely used in the U.S., the CDC website says.

However, it is often given to infants and small children in other countries where TB is common.

The CDC says it does not always protect people from getting TB.

Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, says the vaccine is not really effective.

“There is no effective vaccine against tuberculosis,” Hazra told Fox 32 Chicago.

“These outbreaks happen in close quarters, people who are living close to one another.”

Hazra says that while the situation is cause for concern, the public has no reason to panic.

“The people who are most at risk of tuberculosis are the other migrants living in that shelter,” said Hazra.

The professor added that measles, however, is preventable through vaccination.

The TB outbreak in Chicago comes after the number of U.S. tuberculosis cases in 2023 was the highest in a decade, according to the CDC.

Cases increased from 8,320 in 2022 to 9,615 in 2023, an increase of 1,295 cases with numbers going up among all age groups.

Data from the agency shows nearly 10,000 infections in 2013.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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