Tuberculosis, Measles Break Out in Chicago Migrant Shelters

In the city of Chicago, officials announced that there has been an outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) in several shelters currently housing illegal aliens.

As Fox News reports, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement confirming that TB had broken out in “a few different shelters” throughout the city. Although the statement did not disclose the total number of cases, officials nevertheless tried to downplay the threat by describing it as a “small number” of cases.

“CDPH is aware of a small number of cases of TB among new arrivals in a few different shelters over the course of the response,” CDPH said in its statement, further acknowledging that latent TB infections have been found among 10% to 20% of Central and South American illegals. Latent infections are asymptomatic and not transmissible to others, but nevertheless result in a positive TB test result.

TB is an infectious bacterial disease that primarily affects the lungs, and thus can lead to breathing problems for the afflicted individual. CPDH insisted that TB is curable with antibiotics and isn’t too contagious, requiring multiple hours of consistent contact in order to spread.

“TB is not a novel or rarely seen illness in Chicago, as the Chicago Department of Public Health typically expects to see between 100-150 cases of tuberculosis in Chicago residents in an average year,” the CDPH statement continues. “We will continue to offer treatment to individuals as necessary and take the proper precautions to eliminate spread, but we do not consider this a matter presenting a substantial threat to the public.”

The news comes after 55 different cases of the measles were confirmed in Chicago, also carried by illegal aliens. The majority of the measles cases were in a single illegal shelter, the Pilsen shelter, located at 2241 S. Halsted St. The mounting health crises reflect the inherently dangerous nature of accepting so many illegal aliens from the third-world, often bringing their poor hygiene standards with them, and thus potentially carrying multiple diseases that Americans normally wouldn’t have to worry about.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: CIUDAD JUAREZ , MEXICO - MARCH 21: Hundreds of foreigners who camped at the border, broke the fence with their hands, sticks and different tools they had, placed blankets over the spikes and entered the United States, through the area known as Gate 36 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 21, 2024. American authorities kneeled migrants waiting to be processed. On the Mexican side, an operation is implemented by the Municipal Police and the National Migration Institute, who they remained waiting for what might happen. (Photo by Christian Torres/Anadolu via Getty Images)