From Eyewitness News/AP:
It started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away.
Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot rise from his throat. He ran to the bathroom sink and spewed a mouthful of blood.
Doctors say Juarez's incessant hack was a sign of what they have both dreaded and expected for years - this country's first case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The Associated Press learned of his case, which until now has not been made public, as part of a six-month look at the soaring global challenge of drug resistance.
Let's see where we stand on this:
- Hospitals closing
- People living in overcrowded conditions
- Unchecked hordes of people entering the country
- No action plan to turn to when faced with inevitable pandemic (see "swine flu crisis")
- A government that is too concerned with ensuring an illegal labor force, a war on fat and developers' bottom lines to care about any of the above
The perfect storm.