Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also Disease


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Among the many benefits of the mass immigration the

Open Borders Lobby
has

invited into the country
are the diseases that would

probably all but have vanishe
d from American and
Western society but for the presence of Third World
immigrants.


Tuberculosis
, rubella (German measles) and

hepatitis
are among the

most serious
, but last week the New York Times
science section disclosed yet another Third World
plague immigration has contributed to the scrutiny of
medical science and public hygiene. It makes
tuberculosis look rather like a summer cold. [ Rare
Infection Threatens to Spread in Blood Supply

by Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times,
17 Nov 2003]

This one is known as

Chagas disease
, which flourishes in Latin America
and operates mainly by "threatening the United States

blood supply
,"
according to the public health
officials the Times interviewed.

It is not—yet—common in the United States, but thanks
to immigration it may soon be.

Indeed, only nine cases of Chagas transmitted by

blood transfusions
are known in the United States
and Canada in the last 20 years, but perhaps you see the
problem despite such encouraging news.

The problem is that as

immigration
from Latin America

increases
, and more Latin Americans donate blood,
the greater the chance for the disease to enter blood
supplies—whence the disease may come to you and your
family.

As the Times reports,

"Because the disease is
most common in

rural areas
from southern Mexico to northern Chile,
the threat is greatest in American cities with

many immigrants
from those areas."

Well, it just shows how really provincial America is.
In "Mexico, Central America and South America,"
the Times reports, "18 million people are
infected, and 50,000 a year die of it."
 

Moreover, the more immigrants from such places are
around, the more infections there will be. In the United
States as a whole, the risk of getting a transfusion of
infected blood is a mere 1 in 25,000, according to
scientists at the American Red Cross—pretty good odds.
But in Miami, in 1998, where

Latin immigrants
are common, the risk is 1 in
9,000—not quite such good odds. In Los Angeles the same
year, the odds are 1 in 5,400—even worse odds but not
quite what they were only two years earlier: 1 in 9,850.

So what does Chagas do exactly? Well, it`s
transmitted by cute little insects fetchingly known as
"assassin bugs," which live in the

thatch in your roof
.

Many Americans do not have thatch in their roofs, but
the Open Borders lobby is

working on that
.

The assassin bug is attracted to the open mouths of
sleeping humans, crawls in and sucks some blood. In
exchange it gives the sleeper a microbe that the sleeper
sometimes rubs into the wound. The microbe causes Chagas.

As to what the disease actually does, well, those who
get it "will die when their hearts or intestines,
weakened by the disease, explode."
But that`s only
10 to 30 percent of those who get Chagas, which is the
good news.

It`s hard to say what the bad news is since there`s
just so much of it.

First, despite the disease`s rarity so far,
"hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected
already."

Second, there is no way to tell yet, since the
disease can lie dormant for 10 to 30 years before your
internal organs start celebrating the Fourth of July. 

Third, there`s no test available yet to determine
whether blood supplies are infected.

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved a
reliable test for the presence of the disease in blood
supplies, and no such test seems to be known anyway. One
researcher at a major pharmaceutical company told the
Times
she doesn`t expect a test to be available
until 2005.

The danger for Americans, of course, is not that
assassin bugs will crawl into their mouths but that
they`ll need blood transfusions for ordinary reasons and
the blood they`ll get will be infected and no one will
know until some day 10 to 30 years in the future you
start spilling your guts—quite literally.

Of course the

Open Borders lobby
, which has

crooned
about the wonderful gifts that immigrants
from the Third World are bringing us, never knew about
Chagas or the problems—like

mass epidemics
—that the disease might cause, even
though critics of mass immigration for decades have

warned
about its impact on

public health
.

It might have been helpful if the Open Borders crowd
had paid some minimal attention to the

realities
of the Third World.

But since they refused, it would be helpful today if
everyone else ceased paying attention to them at all.

As for Chagas, it may be rare today, but as the
Times
reports, "Experts expect it to become
better known as new tests are developed."

You can bet your roof thatch.

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of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
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