You get what you ask for

When you’re unwilling to deal with illegal immigration — and the general disregard for law that comes with it — this is one of the side benefits you get.

A rare form of tuberculosis caused by illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants in Southern California and raising fears about a resurgence of a strain all but eradicated in the U.S.

Cases of the Mycobacterium bovis strain of TB have increased in San Diego county, particularly among children who drink or eat dairy foods made from the milk of infected cattle, a study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases shows.

C’mon, fellow citizens… are we angry enough yet?

Rodwell cautioned that people worried about the M. Bovis strain of TB should pay closer attention to dairy products, not people.

“It is NOT a disease you are very likely to get from a foreign-born person,” he said in an e-mail. “The increase in M. bovis cases is more about what you eat, not where you were born.”

Well, naturally, in the case of this particular TB strain. Not that regular strains aren’t on the rise. And such diseases go completely unscreened in illegal immigrants. I’ll give you a few seconds to figure out why.

So why worry about the bovine TB at all? Simple: cross-contamination. Not that I or my family will be eating at a non-mainstream restaurant anytime soon that might purchase this crap. Nor do we ever consume unpasteurized dairy products. It’s just not a great health-confidence booster. Don’t we have enough to worry ourselves about?


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