After Breitbart News reported that three refugees in Vermont have been diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) over the past seven months, an official with the Vermont Department of Health admitted that a total of fifteen refugees in the Green Mountain State were diagnosed with active TB between 2003 and 2015.
That brings the total of refugees the Vermont Department of Health now admits have been diagnosed with active TB between 2003 and June 30, 2016 to seventeen.
One of the three diagnosed in the past seven months was diagnosed in December 2015. The other two were diagnosed in 2016.
On Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reported on the data it received from the Vermont Department of Health on rates of tuberculosis in the Green Mountain State:
Between 2003 and 2015, the state has recorded 77 cases of active tuberculosis in Vermont. Of those, the Health Department says just 15 were diagnosed in refugees. 26 of the cases were in U.S.-born individuals. The remainder were in people who fell into other categories, like people living in Vermont on student or work visas.
Since only 6,300 refugees have arrived in Vermont over the past twenty-five years, these new statistics reveal a third-world level of active TB among the refugees currently residing in the Green Mountain State.