The Kids Are Not All Right

Adoptees from overseas often get inadequate medical care

Tuberculosis rarely invades the quiet farm communities of North Dakota. But in one town in 1998, the disease became epidemic. Public-health investigators moved quickly to confine the outbreak. Of 276 people tested, 56 had positive skin tests for tuberculosis; 118 received preventive treatment. The source? A 9-year-old from the Marshall Islands who infected household members and classmates.

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