California Health Official Silent on Immigration Status of Leprosy Patient

When you ask your child a question and they refuse to answer, you know the answer is something you do not want to hear.  So, when the California Disease Control agency is asked what is the immigration status of the child with leprosy and told that is a question that can not be answered—you know the answer is that the child is a refugee and the health was not vetted prior to being brought by Obama to the U.S.  No not a terrorist—just a kid with a contagious disease that is serious.

“Breitbart News contacted Cole and specifically asked about the immigration status of both the child diagnosed with leprosy and the person, not resident in Riverside County, infected with the disease with whom the child had “prolonged contact.”

Breitbart News also asked if the person infected with the disease was a resident of the United States, legal or otherwise, and if the “prolonged contact” with the child occurred in the United States or in a foreign country.

“I am not at liberty to comment on the Immigration status of the two individuals, nor the details of our investigation,” Cole tells Breitbart News in an emailed response on Friday.”

Obama has put Americans in danger due to terrorists using bombs and weapons.  Now we know he has put our children and families in danger by going to schools, water parks, sporting events and dance class.  History will show that Barack Obama destroyed American institutions, ended the credibility of the media, universities, law enforcement (FBI clearing Clinton is a joke on other criminals sent to prison) and never even the NFL is affected by hate mongering players, rich players that hate this country and going to other sports to bring them into the “Hate America First Club”.  This leprosy case will be hidden from the public.  Every aspect of American life is in danger—and it started  in the White House.

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California Health Official Silent on Immigration Status of Leprosy Patient

by Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart California,  9/23/16

The Riverside County, California director of Disease Control is not revealing the immigration status of the elementary school child diagnosed with leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, or the unknown person infected with the disease who had “prolonged contact” with the child.

The child attends Indian Hills Elementary School in Riverside County’s Jurupa Unified School District.

According the the Press Enterprise, “Riverside County Director of Disease Control Barbara Cole said the child was infected through prolonged contact with another infected person.”

“That other person is not in Riverside County, said Cole, adding she could not provide more details,” the Press Enterprise reported.

Breitbart News contacted Cole and specifically asked about the immigration status of both the child diagnosed with leprosy and the person, not resident in Riverside County, infected with the disease with whom the child had “prolonged contact.”

Breitbart News also asked if the person infected with the disease was a resident of the United States, legal or otherwise, and if the “prolonged contact” with the child occurred in the United States or in a foreign country.

“I am not at liberty to comment on the Immigration status of the two individuals, nor the details of our investigation,” Cole tells Breitbart News in an emailed response on Friday.

“In the U.S., leprosy is rare. Around the world, as many as two million people are permanently disabled as a result of Hansen’s disease,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports. The CDC continues:

You may be at risk for the disease if you live in a country where the disease is widespread. Such countries include: Angola, Brazil, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Kiribati, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Republic of Marshall Islands, and United Republic of Tanzania.

California resettles thousands of refugees every year, some of whom come from countries whose residents, the CDC says, are at risk of contracting leprosy.

Over the past five fiscal years, 31,527 refugees have been resettled in California, 1,107 of whom come from countries whose residents are at risk of developing leprosy.

One thousand and eighty-four refugees have been resettled in California during these five years from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 17 from the Central African Republic, and six from Nepal, all countries whose residents are at risk of developing leprosy.

Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, is a condition identified as a health risk among arriving refugees by the CDC.

According to a recent CDC report, “Disease Surveillance Among Newly Arriving Refugees and Immigrants — Electronic Disease Notification System, United States,” one refugee arrived with a Class A Hansen’s health risk classification in 2009.

“Class A conditions are health-related conditions of public health significance that prohibit persons from entering the United States. In certain instances, persons may obtain a waiver for entrance,” the report notes.

“Hansen’s disease (leprosy), untreated multibacillary” is defined as a Class A condition.

“Class B conditions do not preclude a person from entering the United States. These conditions do not constitute grounds for medical inadmissibility and are defined as physical or mental abnormalities, diseases, or disabilities serious in degree or permanent in nature amounting to a substantial departure from normal well-being,” the report adds.

“Hansen disease, paucibacillary or treated multibacillary,” is defined as a Class B condition.

Those conditions are determined in the overseas medical screenings that take place prior to arrival of the refugees in the United States.

Current CDC guidelines for the initial domestic medical screenings of refugees conducted within 90 days of their arrival in the United States do not specify testing for Hansen’s disease.

There is no evidence to date that either the child diagnosed with leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, in Riverside County, or the person who had “prolonged contact” with the child, are resettled refugees.

From ancient times until less than a century ago, leprosy was an incurable, disfiguring disease that slowly but steadily caused body parts to deteriorate.

Lepers were often isolated from society and placed in remote colonies away from the general population, as was the case in the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement established on the island of Molokai in Hawaii during the 1870s.

Father Damian and Mother Marianne Cope served this community of lepers, which at its peak had a population of 1,200. It remained opened until  1969 when Hawaii ended mandatory isolation.

Since the 1940s, however, leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, has been treatable with antibiotics and is easily cured in most cases if caught in time.

 

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