Thank you open borders Democrats. Between 100 and 200 cases of leprosy have been recorded over the last year. A USC study discovered that most of the 187 patients with leprosy who were treated at its clinic between 1973 to 2018 came from Mexico where the disease is widespread. The disease is also found in Central and South America. The disease was unknown in the United States but is now making a comeback and it seems to be hitting the homeless in Los Angeles particularly hard.
Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine and medical director at Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Health is warning about the spread of disease as it comes across the American border undetected.
“Given that, there is certainly the possibility of sporadic cases of leprosy continuing to be brought across our southern border undetected.”
The occurrence lead Dr. Siegel to issue a warning that the contagious disease that is spread by respiratory secretions and nasal droplets in close proximities will soon affect nearly 60,000 homeless people, 75 percent of whom lack temporary shelter or enough hygiene and medical care, in Los Angeles.
The Daily Mail reported that leprosy or also known as Hansen’s disease, affecting 250,000 people worldwide yearly, is caused by the bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It attacks the nerves in the body, thus results to the ‘peeling’ characteristic of the skin as per the CDC.
If the disease is left untreated, it could progress to paralysis of the hands and feet.
“I am much more concerned about the permanent disabilities that come with leprosy — given that 2 million to 3 million people are affected worldwide — than I am with the associated stigma,” Dr. Siegel said.
Leprosy occurring among the homeless in L.A. is a certain formula for instant public panic, he added.
Yet another epidemic transpired with the spiraling homeless problem in Los Angeles – typhus.
A report in June by the Los Angeles Times noted that the CatsUSA Pest Control surveyed areas outside of the City Hall and nearby buildings and cautioned that homeless people are creating “harborage for rodents.”