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Primetime tonight: TB (Tuberculosis) stalking the land again!


potholedogger

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Tonight's program reports a sharp rise of the incidence of TB in Ireland again, with the multi-drug resistant strains in evidence.

The State Closed down its last TB Hospital in 2006 and now only has 3 dedicated beds for TB Treatment.

A group of North Dublin GPs who are concerned imported a mobile screening unit and medical team from the UK to conduct screening in Dublin. They found 3 infected persons in one test group of 120 vulnerable people.

A second test group revealed 3 infected persons from 8 persons tested.

Experts commenting on the results deem these results to be very significant. They believe there is a significant risk of the disease, spreading to the wider population, and are concerned necessary resources are not in place to deal with an epidemic.

The HSE has failed to replace the National TB Hospital despite a commitment given to do so in 2006.

Tuberculosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
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And they ask have we the expertise, the budget or the brains to stop an epidemic should it happen....NO we do'nt.
 

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And they ask have we the expertise, the budget or the brains to stop an epidemic should it happen....NO we do'nt.


Apparently the multi drug resistant strain kills 50% of those it infects and it take 2 years to treat some one with the multidrug resistant strain as aopposed to just 9 months for the ordinary strain of the disease.
 

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Absolutely nothing to do with immigration from Sub-Saharan Africa.
 

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And there will be a budget for that when they wont give out basic medicines for cancer? and the CF debacle went on for years. Ireland, the caring island... just an hour from Frankfurt.
 

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Given that TB is an airborne disease will this mean that the State/hse/city council will have to properly deal with homelessness/ drug addiction and that shelters do not become reservoirs for the disease which will spread into mainstream society?
 

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Absolutely nothing to do with immigration from Sub-Saharan Africa.
No, they are also included along with our own homeless, our drug addicts, our alcoholics etc.
 
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No, they are also included along with our own homeless, our drug addicts, our alcoholics etc.
30% of cases are from immigrant community.

http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http://www.imn.ie/clinical/17-clinical-news/195-risk-assessment-for-cvd-an-update-&ei=VsqiUK6MEMqWhQf47oGoAQ&usg=AFQjCNEW10-Of8GmGpxL3mXJ9266yCs9uQ
I do not know the breakdown for multi-drug resistant cases

I recall some medical experts made a plea for immigrant screening several years ago but were shot down by ignorant fools who said that this would be 'racist'!

Shame on them and the Dept of Justice and Health.
 

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TB has been a problem for the past ten years.

It only gets reported upon now. Unbelievable.

Another aspect of state policy that has proven to be progressed to a state of increasing ineffectiveness.

Let's blame it on the bug.
 

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A dreadful disease with a high mortality rate if not treated adequately. It takes months, even years to recover from, and anyone in contact with those infected has to be screened.

If it became an epidemic then we have a very serious crisis on our hands with the threadbare resources that are in place.
 
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Tonight's program reports a sharp rise of the incidence of TB in Ireland again, with the multi-drug resistant strains in evidence.

The State Closed down its last TB Hospital in 2006 and now only has 3 dedicated beds for TB Treatment.

A group of North Dublin GPs who are concerned imported a mobile screening unit and medical team from the UK to conduct screening in Dublin. They found 3 infected persons in one test group of 120 vulnerable people.

A second test group revealed 3 infected persons from 8 persons tested.

Experts commenting on the results deem these results to be very significant. They believe there is a significant risk of the disease, spreading to the wider population, and are concerned necessary resources are not in place to deal with an epidemic.

The HSE has failed to replace the National TB Hospital despite a commitment given to do so in 2006.

Tuberculosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Is the agenda to keep us all in a constant state of fear?
 

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The HSE was no more created to administer medical services than FÁS was created to train people for the workforce.

Both were established to provide lucrative roles for the public-sector managerial caste, most of whom are utterly useless.
 
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One very easy way to reduce the spread of TB and other airborne diseases would be to introduce the fines for spitting in public. When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s there were signs all over the place reminding people that spitting in public would result in a fine.

I have noticed an increase in this vile practice and most of it, dare I say it, is done by members of the immigrant community, some of whom come from cultures where spitting is acceptable. It is time that all, both native and non-native were reminded that this is a vile and unacceptable practice.

The GP on Prime Time claimed that in order to become infected a person would have to have prolonged exposure to a person with TB, in my experience this is incorrect.

When I lived in Saudi one of my colleagues was diagnosed with TB, through a process of elimination it was established that she had contacted it from a taxi driver, she had only been in the cab for about 1 hour. All of us who had come in contact with her were immediately tested and despite not exhibiting any symptoms we were obliged to take the strong anti-TB drugs, together with Vit B (I think), these drugs can result in liver damage. Those of us of a certain age pointed out that we had had the BCG injections as children but rules were rules.

Failure to agree to this therapy would have resulted in the person refusing to take the drugs being incarcerated and forced to undergo treatment. Naturally we said nothing, collected the meds and promptly dumped them.
 

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30% of cases are from immigrant community.

http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http://www.imn.ie/clinical/17-clinical-news/195-risk-assessment-for-cvd-an-update-&ei=VsqiUK6MEMqWhQf47oGoAQ&usg=AFQjCNEW10-Of8GmGpxL3mXJ9266yCs9uQ
I do not know the breakdown for multi-drug resistant cases

I recall some medical experts made a plea for immigrant screening several years ago but were shot down by ignorant fools who said that this would be 'racist'!

Shame on them and the Dept of Justice and Health.
Having sensible immigration controls including screening for those from regions with outbreaks of contagious diseases is not racist. However there will be many who are anti-immigration for reasons of race who would use it as way to further their own arguments.

I do agree with you however that this is something that should have been developed in line with immigration policy.
 
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