From the Daily News:
Tuberculosis cases hit a record low in the city, but the disease is still rampaging through Chinese and Ecuadoran communities.
Health officials say immigrants are bringing the contagious lung disease here from their homelands.
In 1992, the height of the city's TB epidemic, 70% of the cases were in New Yorkers born here. Now 80% of the cases stem from those born abroad.
Doctors suspect the disease is dormant among immigrants until they come to the U.S.
Although a TB test is required for permanent immigration, those who arrive illegally or for school may not get the pinprick exam.
Health officials' priority is early treatment to prevent its spread, but TB often goes undiagnosed because the sufferers are poor, undocumented or leery of government.