A physician congressman, with over three decades of experience in the American healthcare system has said concerns over illegal aliens who bring drug resistant strains of tuberculosis and other diseased into the country are an important issue that needs to be discussed as part of any immigration reform bill.
“It is something I am aware of and it is definitely a factor to consider in the immigration debate.” Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told WND.
Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that generally attacks the lungs, although it can attack any part of the body. The disease is easily spread when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or even talks in the presence of another person. If not properly treated the disease can be fatal.
The disease has been around since ancient times and Tuberculosis was once the leading cost of death in America Among the disease’s victims was the legendary Doc Holiday who died in a tuberculosis ward in Colorado Springs.