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With the cases of Tuberculosis and HIV positives in Ireland on the increase.
It is well past time that Irish people demanded the Politicians paid to manage and care for Irish people, do so.

Past time for Irish victims of crime and dangerous diseases from foreign immigrants who had no right to be in Ireland and should have been prevented entrance to Ireland, to sue the Irish government or EU government.

Surely the free movement for foreign immigrants who are known in their own nation to be a serious criminal or having a serious illness is a criminal offense committed against any further victim.

Serious criminals should never be allowed entrance to Ireland, these foreign immigrant criminals should immediately be returned to their own nation, no second chance.

Those with serious illness should be quarantined until the history of their illness and treatment is diagnosed properly before any action taken.
Pets are not allowed to enter Ireland on free EU movement, yet their owners who could pose far higher risk currently are.

TB and HIV are just two potential death sentences that are virus that will probably be caught by the most vulnerable, so quite frankly - the politically correct liberals can go to hell.
Not as if these liberal gobshites actively care about anyone anyway. Their absolute morals will soon enough be sidetracked to some other tweet of human rights.

Immigrants should be screened on arrival -- poll
Immigrants arriving in Ireland should be obliged to undergo a medical examination, the overwhelming majority of Irish people think, according to the latest Sunday Independent poll.
Some 76 per cent of those polled said that in view of the outbreak of Tuberculosis (TB) in Cork last week, all arriving immigrants should be required to undergo a medical examination.
The Irish people are demanding all immigrants to be medically examined on arrival in Ireland. Economic reasoning alone demands this step. Unfortunately Ireland can not afford to treat her own people to standard, let alone trying to cope with infectious diseases and illness of thousands of immigrants.
Some immigrants clearly come to Ireland to avail of free medical treatment. Who could honestly blame them, wouldn't we all try to save our life in similar circumstances.
This humane acceptance, does not excuse the Irish government at all. Once again, the Irish government have left the nation unnecessarily vulnerable to external events. In practice the Irish government encouraged this medical crisis and potential epidemic.

Immigrants and TB
Tuberculosis remained a very significant cause of death in Ireland until the mid-20th century and still occupies a prominent position in the folk memory. As I show with reference to recent Irish media coverage, the global resurgence of tuberculosis is therefore viewed with concern in Ireland. Using data collated by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre between 1998 and 2005 however, I show that the recent increase in tuberculosis incidence in Ireland is less than is popularly perceived. This increase is largely associated with economic immigrants attracted to Ireland by the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom, but there is little evidence to suggest that this has had a negative impact on the Irish-born population.
Drug resistance is still a small but growing problem. Whilst vigilance is required, it is argued that the recent increase does not at present indicate a likely return to the situation in the mid-20th century.

A World Health organisation survey of more than 67,000 TB
patients in 77 countries, published in Brussels, identifies three new member states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – as among those in eastern Europe and Central Asia where multi drug-resistant TB, known as MDR-TB, is rampant.
Although Africa has only 11 per cent of the world’s population, it
accounts for more than a quarter of the nine million active TB cases and two million deaths caused every year by the disease. It is also the only continent where infection rates are increasing every year.

The expectation of many Irish is that tuberculosis incidence
amongst immigrants would be highest amongst Africans due to
HIV. However, the incidence is almost as high for Asians. Africans account for 32.3% of the non Irish-born tuberculosis cases, but represent only 7.0% of the immigrant population; Asians account for 39.4% of non Irish-born tuberculosis cases, but represent only 9.1% of immigrant population. There are major variations within each group. Nigerians are the largest tuberculosis group amongst the African-born, but they are also the largest African immigrant group, so their incidence rate is not exceptionally high by African standards. Indians and Pakistanis are the largest TB groups amongst the Asian-born, whereas other Asian groups (e.g. the Chinese) have much lower rates. Within the European immigrants, tuberculosis rates are high for Romanians, but low for Poland and the Baltic states who comprise a much larger percentage of the total immigrant population.

HIV and immigrants
HIV infection
The cumulative number of known HIV infections in Ireland up to
the end of June 2007 was 4623, resulting in 941 cases of AIDS, of
which 402 had died (Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 2007).
The number of new AIDS cases (reflecting earlier infections) peaked in the early- to mid-1990s, but there was a fourfold increase in new HIV infections between 1998 and 2003, resulting in a renewed upsurge in AIDS cases. The number of new HIV infections and AIDS diagnoses would now appear to be declining since 2003/2004. This ‘second HIV epidemic’ is largely associated with new immigrants. For example, 42% of new HIV cases in the first two quarters of 2007 for whom information on ‘geographic origin’ is available were from Sub-Saharan Africa, whilst a further 18% were from other countries.
The upsurge in HIV infections between 1998 and 2003 was paral-
leled by a similar upsurge in infections through heterosexual
contacts, whereas new cases arising from intravenous drug use or
male–male sexual contacts (pathways associated more with the
Irish-born) increased only slightly.
http://www.nuim.ie/staff/dpringle/ssm09.pdf


Tuberculosis screening has not been extended for all the "at-risk groups" in Ireland, the HSE has confirmed.
Experts have warned that foreign workers should be encouraged to attend voluntary clinics to screen for the infectious disease, and not just non-EU nationals.
President of the Irish Thoracic Society (ITS), Dr Terry O'Connor, said that non-EU nationals had to undergo a series of health checks.
Mr O'Connor, a consultant respiratory physician at Mercy University Hospital, said that the same should apply to immigrants from European countries.
Prison
The head of health protection with the HSE, Dr Kevin Kelleher, said that there was a need to screen other immigrants who were not asylum seekers and may be "not as easy to identify".
High risk groups also include people who have spent more than three months in such countries, prison inmates, homeless people, HIV-infected patients, healthcare workers and prison staff.
Earlier this year, an expert group recommended that groups who are likely to have been exposed to TB should be offered the test in order to pick up the infection early, treat it and prevent its spread.
A spokesman said asylum seekers were offered the test but no formal system was in place for immigrants, either legal or illegal, from countries with high rates of TB.
There is also no formal screening of the homeless or prisoners, but doctors would "informally" screen some individuals. HIV patients are routinely screened, but again no formal scheme is in place.
Health staff are screened as part of pre-employment tests but no similar system is in place for prison staff.
The latest revelations come as more than 220 pupils and staff at Ballintemple National School at Crab Lane in Cork city undergo screening for TB.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said that three children who attend the school contracted the disease and are under specialist paediatric care.
The children have started anti-tuberculous treatment -- a full course takes six to nine months.
So far, the source of the disease has not yet been identified.
Meanwhile, thousands of children and adults across the country are on waiting lists for the vaccine, it was revealed yesterday.
There is a backlog of 4,400 waiting for the BCG vaccine in Cork, where the latest outbreak was reported.
A HSE information line, 1800 742800, is open to deal with queries and assist parents from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
clairemurphy
http://www.herald.ie/national-news/we-should-test-all-foreign-workers-for-tb-doctor-2309294.html

Immigrants should be screened on arrival -- poll
Immigrants arriving in Ireland should be obliged to undergo a medical examination, the overwhelming majority of Irish people think, according to the latest Sunday Independent poll.
Some 76 per cent of those polled said that in view of the outbreak of Tuberculosis (TB) in Cork last week, all arriving immigrants should be required to undergo a medical examination.

According to Quantum Research, which carried out the 500-people poll on Friday night, respondents were fearful that infectious diseases were being brought into the country by people from overseas, with many believing that some countries posed more of a risk than others.

Just 24 per cent of those polled felt that screening would have limited, if any, impact in an era in which travel to and from Ireland had become commonplace.
"In Asia, during swine flu, they scanned all people arriving for temperatures, a simple, non-discriminatory practice, that put the public's health and safety first," one female respondent said.
- DANIEL McCONNELL Chief Reporter
Sunday Independent

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