Thursday, July 7, 2016

Three Refugees Diagnosed With Active TB in Vermont Over Past Seven Months

From Breitbart:

A spokesperson for the Vermont Department of Health confirms to Breitbart News that “three refugees [have been] diagnosed with TB in Vermont over the past seven months.”
One case was diagnosed in December 2015, and the other two cases were diagnosed in 2016.

No one other than a refugee has been diagnosed with active TB in Vermont during the first six months of 2016, the spokesperson adds.

The stunning admission comes after Breitbart News reported that the number of active TB cases in Vermont tripled from two in 2014 to seven in 2015.

“In 2015 Active TB Cases were seven. This included one refugee, three foreign born and three U.S. born. In 2016 (YTD) there were two Active TB cases in refugees,” Charon Goldwyn, Chief of Operations, Records Officer for the Vermont Department of Health tells Breitbart News.

But Goldwyn denies that the Green Mountain State is experiencing a TB outbreak.

“In a subsequent e-mail you asked if Vermont is currently experiencing a TB outbreak and the answer is no,” Goldwyn added.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that “[d]efinitions for TB outbreaks are relative to the local context,” and that “a TB outbreak is generally defined as a situation where there are:”

More TB cases than expected within a geographic area or population during a particular time period, 
Evidence of recent transmission of M. tuberculosis among those cases
Although the time period is not well defined, recent transmission generally refers to a situation where TB transmission occurred within the previous 2-year period.

During the four years beginning in 2012 and ending in 2015, 1,301 refugees have been resettled in Vermont. One Vermont publication reports that 6,300 refugees were resettled in the state in the twenty five years between 1989 and 2014, about one percent of the state’s population of 632,000.

Assuming an estimated refugee population of about 6,300, the annualized rate of TB among resettled refugees in Vermont over the past seven months is approximately 85 per 100,000, high even for a third-world country. This contrasts dramatically with the rate of TB in all of Vermont in 2014, which was approximately 0.3 per 100,000 (two cases out of a population of 626,562 in 2014).

The current rate of active TB among resettled refugees in Vermont, therefore, is approximately 250 times greater than it is among the general population of the state, based on those assumptions.


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