SARS: Globalism Brings
Deadly New Disease to U.S.
By Isabel Lyman
early spring, and Americans are consumed with worrying about
the war in Iraq, radical Muslim terrorists, and an uncertain
economy. But they have to make room on their already-full
plate for another big-picture concern: a deadly virus known
as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
The SARS saga began in Viet Nam in February of 2003 where
the "index" (first) case was recognized. The World
Health Organization (WHO) of Geneva reported, "[a]middle-aged
business man who has travelled extensively in South-East Asia
before becoming unwell, was admitted to a hopsital in Hanoi
... " This patient, who died on March 13, exhibited the
symptoms now associated with the disease - high fever, respiratory
ailments, and a dry cough.
By April 11, 2003, troubling statistics about SARS were available.
They included the following:
- The first 305 cases and 5 deaths of SARS were reported
in China, in the province of Guangdong, between November
2002 and February 2003.
- There have been 2781 cases of SARS and 111 deaths documented,
mostly in China and Hong Kong.
- In the United States, the Center for Disease Control has
reported 166 suspected cases of SARS but no deaths.
- Outside of Asia, the largest outbreak of SARS has occurred
in Canada, which is considered one of the "hot zones"
for the disease by the WHO. Canadian health officials estimate
that about 250 cases of the virus have been identified.
Ten people, all in the Toronto area, have died from SARS.
Researchers suggest that SARS is caused by a new coronavirus,
the family of viruses that is responsible for the common cold.
Like the pesky cold, SARS is incurable. Within two to 10 days
of exposure, the infected person develops pneumonia-like symptoms.
The medical methods employed during the Middle Ages - quarantine
and isolation - are the only sure-fire ways to contain this
contagious, airborne disease. Some fortunate patients in Hong
Kong did show "clinical improvement" when the antiviral
agent ribavirin was administered to them intravenously. Meantime,
medical suppliers were quick to capitalize on the public's
panic by offering SARS prevention kits for fifty bucks. The
kits include a respirator, hand gels, and latex gloves.
Besides the obvious health issues, SARS is a made-for-prime-time
example of how the New World Order and NAFTA impacts our lives
whether we reside in Beijing or Des Moines, and whether we
are a middle-aged CEO or a fit college student. In an era
of globalization and unrestricted international jet travel,
it's mindboggling to realize how far and fast a virus can
be transported to contaminate innocent people, as well as
create social chaos. One infected man, for instance, had taken
seven international flights in one week's time. From late
March to early April, the unnamed passenger traveled from
Hong Kong to Barcelona (where he developed the symptoms of
SARS), to Frankfurt, to London, back to Munich, back to Frankfurt,
and back to Hong Kong, where he finally checked into a hospital.
Corporate America has also been impacted by the microscopic
threat. The Walt Disney Company complained about being "adversely"
affected. SARS has caused Asian travel to diminsh, so foreign
visits to the popular theme parks in Florida and California
have slowed down. Wal-mart, whose corporate headquarters is
in Arkansas, has asked its employees to avoid travel to Toronto.
(The company has over 200 stores in Canada.)
Worldwide, public officials have resorted to draconian measures
to control the spread of SARS. In Hong Kong, schools and businesses
were closed. In Toronto, officials sent thousands of health
care workers into voluntary quarantine and shut down hospitals.
In Russia, which shares thousands of miles with the border
of China, border control personnel are required to wear gloves
and masks. Russian maintenance crews are using six times more
chlorine than usual to scrub trains that arrived from China.
The Australian government has instructed health officials
to "forcibly" detain any individual who exhibits
symptoms of SARS and are also recommending "closure"
of the Australian borders.
In the U.S. of A., however, it has been business as usual,
a state of affairs which, sadly, hasn't surprised alert Americans.
Long considered a "sleeper issue" by immigration
reformers, like Phyllis Schlafly and Peter Brimelow, are the
serious public health concerns surrounding the massive arrival
of undocumented, impoverished foreigners into the United States.
Ironically, federal immigration law requires that immigrants
seeking a visa, as well as refugees, undergo a medical examination.
Since illegals have not had the pre-requisite physical exam,
the upshot is that communicable diseases are also being 'smuggled'
into the United States, and overworked hospital personnel
have to squander precious resources caring for the sick newcomers.
As Brenda Walker of LimitsToGrowth.com has noted, "Diseases
thought to have been eradicated in the United States are making
a comeback, mostly due to increasing immigration, travel,
and economic globalization." These include some old diseases
with ominous names like "tuberculosis" and "malaria,"
and new ones, with more exotic monikers like "West Nile
In 1998, Dr. Gene Migliaccio, director of the Division of
Immigrant Health Services for the United States Public Health
Service, stated that his department discovered 126 cases of
tuberculosis, after conducting medical inspections on 150,000
illegal aliens who were detained by immigration services'
workers. In a politically-incorrect moment, Dr. Migliaccio
told the New York Times: "What has changed is that borders
don't really exist anymore. With airplanes and ease of movement
from one country to another, the potential of bringing in
a disease is tremendous."
The good doctor's statement was uttered during the easy-to-villify,
multiculturally-correct Clinton Whitehouse era. But "Mi
casa, su casa" also continues to be the mantra of the
Bush administration. After the worldwide outbreak of SARS,
the only precaution that the newly-created Department of Homeland
Security and Secretary Tom Ridge could offer on its website
was to post a U.S. Department of State travel warning that
Americans should defer non-essential travel to mainland China
and Hong Kong. But if you expected Ridge to place a moratorium
on immigration or secure our nation's borders - fuggedaboutit.
Members of citizen watchdog groups - like American Border
Patrol and Civil Homeland Defense - complain that the border
is more porous than usual. Chris Simcox, of Civil Homeland
Defense, explains why: "Border Patrol has pulled many
field officers off patrol and put them at ports of entry to
help with searching cars and trucks coming through. This leaves
the unprotected areas even more unprotected." It has
been left to Simcox, et. al., to continue to police the border,
apprehend scores of undocumented aliens, and turn them over
to the Border Patrol. The situation at the border became even
more Orwellian when federales arrested Mr. Simcox and two
members of Ranch Rescue for their efforts at preventing illegals
In March, Secretary Ridge told the American people that his
department had created a comprehensive national plan for security:
"Operation Liberty Shield will increase security at our
borders, strengthen transportation sector protections, enhance
security at our critical infrastructure, increase public health
preparedness and make sure all federal response assets can
be deployed quickly." One wonders what it will take to
get Mr. Ridge to deliver on his promises, since neither war
nor pestilence has done the trick. Perhaps one doesn't want