Occupy Atlanta has confirmed Tuberculosis cases

In 1956, the Israeli Sinai War was code named "Operation Ten Plagues" after the 10 plagues Moses visited upon the Egyptians (flies, lice, locus, blood, etc.). Now we have, it appears, de facto plague warfare spread by OWS people and their homeless companions at their camp sites.

Here's a link and a quote from the November 10th article "Tuberculosis Breaks Out At Occupy Atlanta's Base."

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact. 

Tuberculosis has been spread in areas not imagined in modern times.  I recall a number of years ago when the elites  on the Upper East Side of Manhattan found some of their kids getting TB because their private school bus drivers, hired at the lowest wages, were new immigrants from countries that had poor sanitation and high tuberculosis rates. This leads to the next question.

Last month, local health officials in Santa Barbara County warned about an outbreak of tuberculosis. 

 There is concern tonight about the latest outbreak of tuberculosis cases in Santa Barbara County.

County health officials say there have been 17 confirmed cases this year. 14 of them are in northern Santa Barbara County. There were 33 cases last year and that was the highest in recent history.

Santa Barbara County is considered a moderate risk county compared to the rest of the state. Public health officials say TB is treatable but many people may not know they are infected. The disease can often lie dorminant for years inside your body and suddenly become active. 

So what may happen when the upscale Atlanta protesters with their $200,000 sociology degrees go back to their wealthy suburbs and cough on Mummy, Daddy and sister Muffie?  Oh, yes. And they might also cough on the maid and chauffeur as well. If the help gets tuberculosis from the young protestors, they just might have to hire John Edwards to sue the families in a class action case. If he's not available and the help is female, they might hire Gloria Allred. But I digress.

Some of you may think I've seen too many Saturday Night Live skits or disaster movies, but ask any conscientious public health official or elected leader (in other words, someone other than Mayor Bloomberg of New York) what happens in an encampment over a protracted period of time when human waste and seriously ill people exist together in a densely packed area. Frankly, one doesn't need a medical degree from Johns Hopkins to figure this out. I suspect the sanitary conditions in a Depression Era WPA camp were a lot better.

Occupy Wall Street is turning into Occupy Ten Plagues.


Blogger Rob Redding writes that Occupy Atlanta is denying the threat.

Update: Jack Kemp points out a New York Times article on disease at Zuccotti Partk titled "A Petri Dish of Activism, and Germs"