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Posted: 4/20/2007 2:47:56 PM EDT

From the Western Journal of Medicine.

To begin to characterize the health needs of the growing number of refugees from Central America, we compiled the results of examinations for ova and parasites of a single stool specimen of each of 128 children of Central American and Mexican background who entered our health center during a four-month period.

Among the 96 children who were born in Central America or Mexico, there was a 65% prevalence of parasitic infestation. Pathogens were found in 46% and multiple pathogens in 14%.

Among the 32 American-born children there was a 13% prevalence of parasitic infection, but no pathogens were found. There was no correlation between symptoms and the presence of parasites. Screening Central American immigrant children for intestinal parasites is a high-yield procedure and should be part of their routine health care.

A recent Discovery Health study put the estimate as high as 70% for immigrants from  Central America and certain South American countries.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 2:50:21 PM EDT
Just spreading the intestinal parasites that Americans won't.

Link Posted: 4/20/2007 2:52:00 PM EDT
Just when I think my job sucks I discover that somewhere out there some poor schlep is digging through the shit of 128 Central American and Mexican children.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 2:52:24 PM EDT
100% Of Central/South American ILLEGAL Immigrants ARE Parasitic Infestations.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:07:10 PM EDT
Not only that, they are spreading diseases that had virtually been eliminated in the United States.  Illegal aliens are bringing a new strain of Tuberculosis into the country that is resistant to the usual drugs used for treatment.

The new strain of TB now requires multiple medications given over extended periods of time to treat the disease.  (Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth just to treat one patient.)  Guess who is footing the bill to provide the treatment for the illegal aliens with TB?  Meanwhile, the federal government passes laws that forbid hospitals from even asking for proof of US citizenship.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:14:37 PM EDT
That is a reliable source of information regarding the topic.  +1

But look at what good Christopher Columbus brought to the new world.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:27:26 PM EDT
There are lots of things that people have that could be considered parasitic infections. The question is what is the baseline?
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:38:35 PM EDT

And I saw a gal "digging" at herself at the Taco Bell the other day.

"Would djou like pinworms with dat?"
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:38:36 PM EDT

Just when I think my job sucks I discover that somewhere out there some poor schlep is digging through the shit of 128 Central American and Mexican children.

Need address for billing , My carpet is now covered in Rum and Coke ............i missed the keyboard .....

Best post of the day !!!
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 3:38:52 PM EDT
I have it on good authority that 100% of people living on the North American continent have bacteria in their guts.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 4:05:33 PM EDT

There are lots of things that people have that could be considered parasitic infections. The question is what is the baseline?

I think this is the variety being discussed.

Just Infecting Americans With The Fecal Parasites That Americans Won't...

In September 1992 the Associated Press carried the story, Worldly Worms! Traveling Parasites Leave Latin America to Afflict Big Apple. Four orthodox Jews in New York City had been mysteriously stricken with seizures. CAT scans showed pork tapeworm cysts in the brain, a most startling revelation, considering these individuals never ate pork due to their religious dietary laws.

A Center for Disease Control formal investigation discovered the single common denominator in every case, a housekeeper originally from Central America where pork tape worm infection is relatively common. The investigator theorized that the housekeepers unknowingly carried the tapeworm eggs and infected the Jewish families by contaminating their food.

Parasitic infection is more associated with the tropics and the subtropical areas of the world because of climate and unsanitary conditions. Parasites are much more prevalent in immigrants from areas like the South Pacific, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Haiti. Recent immigrants to this country, who are often unskilled and unable to speak English but willing to work for minimum wages or less, very often seek jobs in kitchens where today there are no obstacles to their employment.  

I have observed that the majority of restaurant workers no longer wear hair nets or gloves when handling food, and often the same person who serves your food takes your dirty money. With this lack of basic sanitation in the restaurants of America, the exposure rate to infectious diseases is mushrooming.

Neurocysticercosis in the United States

Review of an important emerging infection

A total of 76 cases of NCC were likely acquired within the United States during the period of this review. A higher risk for acquiring NCC has been documented in patients who have traveled to endemic regions, are of Hispanic ethnicity, and have contact with Taenia solium tapeworm carriers.

Locally Acquired Neurocysticercosis

From October 1989 through November 1991, three persons with neurocysticercosis acquired in the eastern United States (North Carolina, Massachusetts, and South Carolina) were reported to CDC. This report summarizes clinical and epidemiologic information for these cases.

Patient 1. On October 4, 1989, a previously healthy man residing in New Jersey had a syncopal episode while at work. Although physical examination was normal, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at a New York City hospital revealed multiple ( greater than 20) cystic lesions throughout the brain. A serum specimen was positive for cysticercosis by immunoblot assay. The patient was asymptomatic on anticonvulsant medication until June 1991, when left-sided hemiparesis and weakness were noted. In July, he was treated with albendazole (10 mg/kg per day for 28 days) administered with dexamethasone. His condition improved, and he remains asymptomatic.

The patient was born and raised on a farm in North Carolina and had moved to New Jersey in July 1989; he had never traveled outside the United States. Although there was no family history of neurologic illness or tapeworm infection, some of the workers who were hired seasonally to assist on the farm had immigrated from countries with endemic cysticercosis.

Patient 2. On August 26, 1990, a 16-month-old girl in Boston had a seizure. Cranial contrast-enhanced computerized axial tomographic (CAT) scan showed ring-enhancing lesions in the left parietal and frontal cortex and a solid right parietal lesion. The immunoblot assay for cysticercosis was positive in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid. Stool examination for ova and parasites showed Giardia. The patient was treated with metronidazole for giardiasis, but no specific anthelminthic medication was given. In November 1989, the lesions were resolving, and the patient remains asymptomatic on anticonvulsants.

The patient had always resided in Boston and had never traveled out of Massachusetts. Her parents had emigrated from the Cape Verde Islands 18 months before her birth. Although no immediate family members had been acutely ill, serum specimens obtained from three of four family members were positive for cysticercosis in the immunoblot assay. Stool specimens obtained from the patient's father contained eggs of Taenia sp. All family members were treated with a taeniacidal dose of niclosamide.

Patient 3. In February 1990, a previously healthy girl in South Carolina developed generalized seizures. A CAT scan revealed a single contrast-enhancing right parietal lesion consistent with a tumor. Biopsy of the lesion showed nonspecific inflammation. In May, follow-up examination by MRI demonstrated a recurrence of the lesion, which was resected. The lesion was identified as a cysticercus (larval cyst) of Taenia solium. The patient remains asymptomatic on anticonvulsant medication.

The patient lived in Laurens County, South Carolina, and had never traveled out of state. To identify the source of the infection and possible additional persons with neurocysticercosis, the Upper Savannah District of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control conducted interviews and voluntary diagnostic tests among 26 family members and contacts. None of these persons had traveled outside the United States or eaten uncooked pork, and none reported previous tapeworm infections, subcutaneous nodules, seizures, or other neurologic symptoms. Serum specimens from all 26 persons were negative in the immunoblot assay for cysticercosis. One contact, a neighbor who had immigrated from Mexico, was seronegative, and the one stool specimen obtained from him was negative for eggs and proglottids of Taenia sp. However, the health department obtained serum specimens from five of the neighbor's friends who also had immigrated from Mexico and who often stayed in the neighbor's residence (often visited by the patient), of which three were positive for cysticercosis by immunoblot assay. One of the seronegative persons reported a history of tapeworm infection several years previously. All five refused stool examination for intestinal parasites. Reported by: LA Lettau, MD, S Gardner, MD, Dept of Hospital Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, Greenville Hospital System; J Tennis, MD, S Hollis, F Payne, Upper Savannah District, J Jones, MD, State Epidemiologist, South Carolina Dept of Health and Environmental Control. BA Kruskal, MD, DW Teele, MD, Boston City Hospital; L Moths, MD, Upham's Corner Health Center; A DeMaria, MD, State Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Dept of Public Health. K Spitalny, MD, State Epidemiologist, New Jersey Dept of Health. MW Wittner, MD, J Kaplan, MD, HB Tanowitz, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; K Rowin, MD, New City, New York. Div of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

So basically, if you employ immigrants from third world nations who have a third world sense of sanitation and cleanliness and you are in close contact with them or allow them to work in a domestic capacity in your home, the threat of being introduced to various fecal related parasites is probable.

These are people who literally don't understand you don't shit where you eat or why that is.

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