New Zealand Immigration respond to my question about TB infections


I wrote to New Zealand Immigration to ask about TB testing after reading on Breitbart that “the local Michigan offices of refugee resettlement agencies are hiding refugee latent tuberculosis (TB) infection rates from the public.”

Identifying and treating refugees who arrive with latent TB infection rates is an important element in state and national TB control programs because numerous medical studies, …have shown that high rates of latent TB infection among resettled refugees pose a public health risk to the general public in communities in which they have resettled.

…Four percent of the general population in the United States has latent TB infection. Ten percent of this group develops active TB at some point in their life.

In contrast, 33 percent of the population in the rest of the world has latent TB infection. When refugees arrive in the United States from other parts of the world with latent TB infection, medical studies suggest that their activation rate is higher than ten percent, due to a number of factors that reduce their immune systems…

Below is the question I sent to New Zealand Immigration as well as their response:


The below link is about latent TB infections in arriving refugees.

According to the article, 4% of Americans have latent TB and 10% of that number go on to get TB. The Refugee figures are approx 33% with latent TB, and that is a major risk for those communities that accept the refugees.

Essentially we have eradicated TB in New Zealand. Are arriving refugees and other immigrants being screened for TB in New Zealand? If they are being screened what percentage have latent TB?

If they are not being screened for TB what are they being screened for?


20 OCTOBER 2016

Whale Oil Re TB


All quota refugees are tested for tuberculosis (TB) before they arrive in New Zealand. Those with active TB are treated before they come to New Zealand. Those identified with latent TB commence treatment following arrival in New Zealand. It is important to note that the World Health Organisation estimates that the lifetime risk of reactivation for a person with documented latent TB is 5?10 per cent.

In terms of other migrants who come to New Zealand those who intend to work, study or visit New Zealand for more than six months and less than 12 months and who are from a country with a high incidence of tuberculosis must have a TB chest screening x-ray before they can be approved. Children under 11 and pregnant women are not usually required to have an x-ray.

It is reassuring to know that we do screen our migrants and refugees for TB.What is not so reassuring is that having active TB does not?prevent a quota refugee from being accepted by New Zealand. It does not appear to prevent a migrant from being accepted either although they do give them an X-ray to see if they need treatment first. I wonder what third world diseases are considered bad enough for a person to be denied entry to New Zealand?

There has been a growth of third world diseases in the western world thanks to immigration.

…A number of diseases once thought to be unknown or eradicated in the U.S. are becoming prevalent again. We?re talking about rare and deadly diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and leprosy.
We?re also beginning to see outbreaks of diseases common in Third World countries, but never before seen here ? diseases like West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever.

We are fortunate in New Zealand that we are not easy pickings for illegal Aliens?like in the United States as the sea protects all our borders. Illiegal aliens or “undocumented workers” as Hillary Clinton likes to call them avoid health screening and are mainly responsible for the surge in deadly 3rd world diseases in the US.