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

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

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ScreeOrTalus View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    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&...3mXJ9266yCs9uQ
    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.
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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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.
    Last edited by chriskavo; 14th November 2012 at 03:16 AM.

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