No Relationship Between Notifiable Diseases and Immigrant Populations
The international spread of the SARS‐CoV‐2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 has prompted many governments to close their borders. Immigration policy plays an important role in limiting the international spread of contagious diseases.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, several commentators were concerned that immigrants – especially illegal immigrants – were spreading serious diseases in the United States. This blog post is the first in a series to answer the question of whether immigrants spread serious notifiable diseases other than COVID-19 in the United States. This post focuses on all pooled notifiable diseases for which there are vaccination requirements to enter the United States.
Nowrasteh, A., & Forrester, A. (2020, April 13). No relationship between notifiable diseases and immigrant populations. Cato Institute. https://www.cato.org/blog/no-relationship-between-notifiable-diseases-immigrant-populations