NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Between 6,000 and 8,000 immigrants from the Marshall Islands live legally in northwest Arkansas, but those residents don’t have access to most government-funded health care programs. The situation is prompting some state legislators to seek federal assistance.

The Marshallese are in Arkansas through a compact with the Marshall Islands and the United States. Health officials say the immigrants are arriving with diseases and that rules often prevent the immigrants from being treated under ARKids First, Medicaid or Medicare. Cases of tuberculosis, syphilis and leprosy are much more common in the immigrant group than in the general population.

State Senator Bill Pritchard of Elkins says the situation poses a public health threat. He says an outbreak of a serious disease could become a statewide problem.

Pritchard and other legislators have agreed to draw up a resolution asking the state congressional delegation for funds to provide health care to the Marshallese.

Most of the Marshallese immigrants work in the poultry industry.

4 Responses to “Immigrants With Tuberculosis, Syphilis, And Leprosy Working In Arkansas Poulty Industry”
  1. scorpiokat says:

    Here’s an idea. How about testing them before they start working in places where our food supply is contaminated. If found to be diseased, send them home. Even 50 years ago, people were not allowed here until they were tested for diseases. Why does this country’s leaders have a problem returning diseased/illegal people back to their home country? And could it be that Lou Dobbs was really right about them bringing diseases into our country? Could it, Janet Murgia/LaRaza???

  2. melody says:

    Anybody know what is still safe to eat? Diseased immigrants seem to be all over the U.S. Is there any food left that they don’t handle? I wish I was in a situation where I could grow my own food.

  3. Eddie B. says:

    Hmmmmm….. yeah…. give me a great big order of them chicken parts (parts is parts) along with a big bowl of “fresh” spinach.

    We, as a nation, has lost our minds. We are totally nuts.


  4. HellDogger says:

    How to Boil a Frog:
    If you put the frog into a pot boiling water he’ll jump & won’t even get wet. But put the frog into a pot of cold water, put the lid on so he’ll feel safe and turn the heat up gradually, little bit at a time. By the time the from realizes it’s getting as little warm, it’s too late. Welcome to the frog boil.

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