I wrote to New Zealand Immigration to ask about TB testing after reading on Breitbart that “the local Michigan offices of refugee resettlement agencies are hiding refugee latent tuberculosis (TB) infection rates from the public.”
Identifying and treating refugees who arrive with latent TB infection rates is an important element in state and national TB control programs because numerous medical studies, …have shown that high rates of latent TB infection among resettled refugees pose a public health risk to the general public in communities in which they have resettled.
…Four percent of the general population in the United States has latent TB infection. Ten percent of this group develops active TB at some point in their life.
In contrast, 33 percent of the population in the rest of the world has latent TB infection. When refugees arrive in the United States from other parts of the world with latent TB infection, medical studies suggest that their activation rate is higher than ten percent, due to a number of factors that reduce their immune systems…
Below is the question I sent to New Zealand Immigration as well as their response: