Resistance and Reemergence: Immigration and Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis in the United States

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Peace and Conflict Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


Jeffery Anderson, Peace Studies; Jeffrey Kamakahi, Sociology


Tuberculosis is spreading in the United States, and it seems related to the new waves of immigrants entering. However, one cannot blame the immigrants, for tuberculosis has instead been profoundly influenced and shaped by political and social forces. Tuberculosis has transformed from a virulent disease to a drug-resistant nightmare, which presents new difficulties and costs associated with treatment and prevention. In this presentation, I plan to address the dangers and problems posed by tuberculosis and its drug-resistant variations, and how this crisis provides the United States with the opportunity to reformat the health system to improve care for all people.