Levels of tuberculosis are continuing to rise in Britain, but politically correct doctors and politicians still refuse to admit the proven link between increasing disease rates and mass immigration.
Cases of the deadly illness have risen by almost twenty percent in Britain during the last decade, and, according to the British Medical Association’s respiratory health journal ‘Thorax’, 70 percent of the cases occur in people not born in the UK.
The latest figures released for Scotland show a rate of nearly one new case a day since the beginning of 2011, but Scottish doctors are still too afraid to point to the true origin of the spread of the infection.
Dr Andrew Peacock, a respiratory ‘expert’ at Glasgow University, said: ‘In London, the situation is linked to immigration, but we don’t think that is the case in Glasgow.
‘It can also be linked to countries with a high incidence of HIV such as Africa, but Glasgow has low levels of African migration. If cases have risen it suggests there is something else going on.’
However, the Scottish Government’s ‘A TB Action Plan for Scotland’ report, published last week, shows that 47 percent of cases in Scotland involved people who were born outside of the UK. Of those born abroad, 31 percent were born in India, and 28 percent were born in Pakistan, while Nigeria and Nepal each accounted for four percent of the cases.
Despite its own findings, the Government’s so-called Action Plan says that is ‘naïve’ to blame rising levels of TB on immigration, although later admitting in the same report that ‘The main risk factor for TB infection in Scotland is being non-UK born.’
Dr Peacock’s reference to Africa also ignores the fact that Asian countries have some of the highest incident rates of TB in the world, explaining the prolific amount of TB carriers in Scotland.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), South East Asia alone accounts for 55 percent of cases of the disease worldwide. The highest incident rate is in India, which had 1.6–2.4 million cases in 2009, followed by China with 1.1–1.5 million. Other Asian countries with significantly high levels of TB include Indonesia (6th highest in world), Pakistan (7th highest) and Bangladesh (8th highest), according to the WHO’s figures. Nearly all Asian countries are classified as ‘high incident rate’ countries, having 40 or more cases of TB per every 100,000 people.
Of course this huge elephant in the room was only given passing mention by SNP Public Health Minister Shona Robison on the report’s publication, who cited ‘the emergence of drug-resistant strains’ and ‘the continued prevalence of HIV’ for the fact that TB is no longer a ‘disease of yesteryear’. Instead she only misleadingly referred to immigration as the ‘increased movement of people between countries’, rather than the increased movement of Third Worlders into Scotland, as an auxiliary cause.
Ironically, the world's first effective drug treatment for TB was developed by a group of Edinburgh pioneers led by the world-renowned physician Sir John Crofton. His work is credited with saving more than ten million lives; however, the Scottish government’s current obsession with political correctness is endangering its people rather than saving them.