In September of 1992, an Associated Press article entitled “On The Trail of Tapeworm” appeared in newspapers across America. It chronicled numerous occurrences of infections of Taenia solium, or the pork tapeworm, amongst members of orthodox Jewish communities in New York City. The syndrome given rise by the infection, called cysticercosis, is marked by brain lesions, seizures and other neurological manifestations, and ultimately death. The disorder is treatable but, unfortunately, extremely difficult to diagnose. The aforementioned brain lesions are caused by the tapeworm larvae themselves, which anchor themselves to blood vessels within the brain.
One of the questions that arose when the Centers for Disease Control finally became involved was this: How would such a parasite, which is contracted through the ingestion of improperly cooked, infected pork, insinuate itself into a population of individuals who are prohibited from eating pork?
Fortunately, when Dr. Peter Schantz, an authority on parasitic diseases at the CDC, got wind of this, he was able to relate his recent experience to the “mystery symptoms” that New York City health care experts had been unable to resolve. Some time earlier, Schantz had been involved in the initial diagnosis of an 18-year-old man in the western United States – also an orthodox Jew – with cysticercosis.
In the case of this young man, as well as all of the subsequent cases with which Schantz and others became familiar, the infections were traced to workers from Mexico and Central America that the orthodox Jewish families had employed. These had apparently become infected in their home countries – where standards of meat inspection and preparation fall below that of the U.S. – and passed the parasite on to the host families after using the toilet and failing to wash their hands.
One would think that after the first occurrence or two, the protocol for admitting these workers into the U.S. – assuming they weren’t illegal to start with – would have been modified to include the blood test for the tapeworm antigen (which detects cysticercosis infection). If you recall, we used to do precisely that, á la young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather Part II” being quarantined at Ellis Island when it was discovered that he carried smallpox.
It never happened. One might also think that a media firestorm would have ensued over foreign workers infecting Americans with brain worms via their own feces. That didn’t happen either. Between government negligence, a squeamish press and the tendency of these workers toward transience, the infections spread, Dr. Schantz later explained, across the U.S., all the way to the East Coast.
Over the last few days, public health officials have admonished Americans not to be too “relieved” as yet vis-à-vis the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak. Given the lull in fatalities and incidence of the disease in the U.S., like many Americans, the press was probably hoping that the ebb would be ongoing and permanent.
It is likely that H1N1 spread like wildfire throughout Mexico (where the first cases were reported) because of poor hygiene. Why might those in Mexico practice poor hygiene? Ignorance. Why might they be ignorant? An abysmal educational system. Why do they have an abysmal educational system? Because their government is corrupt to the core. It’s one of the chief reasons people from Mexico and Central America come to the U.S. in the first place.
In my 2007 book, “Annexing Mexico: Solving the Border Problem Through Annexation and Assimilation,” I covered in-depth the emerging dilemma as regards illegal and poorly screened immigrants routinely carrying diseases – some of them life-threatening – into the U.S.
Some of these, such as Dengue fever, are truly horrific. This mosquito-borne illness (which is on the rise in Mexico), like the dreaded Ebola, causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, rashes, nausea, vomiting, internal bleeding and bloody diarrhea.
None of this is widely discussed in the establishment press, however, nor is it considered a major issue in predominant political circles. Why? Political correctness. As with the profiling of people from the Middle East as terrorists, our politically correct government and press eschew tying a particular ethnic group to anything unpleasant, even if members of that group happen to have a manifest concern in the unpleasantness at hand.
One of the foremost worries amongst epidemiologists and public health officials is that one of these illnesses (such as swine flu or avian flu) might mutate into a much more virulent form, one with a mortality rate similar to that which caused the great 1918 pandemic (and killed an estimated 100 million people worldwide).
Pray this doesn’t happen, for if it does, political correctness could wind up killing untold numbers right here in America.