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Increase in Tuberculosis Cases on the Border

EFE/Diario San Diego, Posted: Oct 22, 2008

EL PASO, Tex. -- New cases of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis along the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border have increased six-fold in the last nine years.

A report by Spanish-language news service EFE in the newspaper Diario San Diego says the health departments of both El Paso-Ciudad Juarez report an increase in the number of patients from 40 in 1999 to 260 today. And they say the drug-resistant strains of the disease are also on the rise. To prevent it spreading, immigration authorities have closed passage to the United States to Mexican citizens who have developed resistance to the medications.



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