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Submission + - Developing World's Parasites and Disease Enter USA ( 1

reporter writes: "According to a frightening report just published by the "Wall Street Journal" (WSJ), "Parasitic infections and other diseases usually associated with the developing world are cropping up with alarming frequency among U.S. poor, especially in states along the U.S.-Mexico border, the rural South and in Appalachia, according to researchers.

Government and private researchers are just beginning to assess the toll of the infections, which are a significant cause of heart disease, seizures and congenital birth defects among black and Hispanic populations.

[...] These diseases share a common thread. 'People who live in the suburbs are at very low risk,' Dr. Hotez said. But for the 37 million people in the U.S. who live below the poverty line, he said, 'There is real suffering.'

Consider cysticercosis, caused by ingestion of tapeworm larvae. Medical journals estimate 3,500 new cases a year in the U.S., mostly among Latin American immigrants. The larvae spread through the bloodstream and can damage the heart, lungs and brain.

Several times a year, pregnant women complaining of seizures come into Jeanne Sheffield's obstetrics practice at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, which serves a mostly poor, Hispanic population. Dr. Sheffield orders MRIs and often finds lesions in the brain, a telltale sign of this parasitic infection.

Most stories about the health hazards of uncontrolled immigration never appear in the mainstream news media of the West. Will this story published by the WSJ appear on SlashDot?"

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Developing World's Parasites and Disease Enter USA

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  • The case of the tapeworms found in immigrants isn't very impressive evidence. If that is the worst you can find. Most likely they got them in their own countries, where tapeworms are common, but weren't diagnosed until they came to America.

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