From the Daily News:
TUBERCULOSIS CASES in Queens rose a staggering 12% last year - the city's only borough where instances of the deadly disease rose even as citywide figures fell to an all-time low, officials said yesterday.
The Health Department blamed Queens' singular TB climb on immigration from countries with high rates of the bacterial infection, such as China, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
"When you move a population to Queens, essentially you have a microcosm of that country here," Dr. Chrispin Kambili, the city's assistant commissioner for tuberculosis control, said at a forum in Corona.
Spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or spits, TB kills more than 1.5 million victims worldwide each year.
What makes it especially dangerous is that germs can stay in the lungs for months or years without making a person sick - before suddenly kicking in and spreading the pathogens.