Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05020160 (posted Feb. 1, 2005)"
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
January 28, 2005
Enhanced Medical Screening for Hmong Refugees
Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , the
Department of State has begun implementing enhanced health screening and
treatment procedures for Hmong refugees in Thailand. Approximately 15,000
individuals were deemed eligible for resettlement in the United States, and the
first refugees arrived in the United States in June 2004. Approximately 9,000
of the refugees have arrived in the United States to date.
Travel by Hmong refugees now at Wat Tham Krabok will resume as soon as the
Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are
satisfied that these measures are effective.
In January 2005, CDC observed a cluster of reports of Hmong refugees in the
United States with active tuberculosis. CDC recommended a temporary halt in the
movement of the refugees to the U.S. until further investigation is completed
and expanded screening and treatment guidelines can be developed. The
Department of State temporarily suspended the travel of Hmong Lao refugees from
Wat Tham Krabok to the United States on January 21, 2005. The affected refugees
in the U.S., as well as their families, are receiving appropriate treatment and
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with state and local
officials to address concerns raised by these findings. The CDC and the
Department of State are working with the government of Thailand and others to
ensure treatment and control of tuberculosis among the refugees still in
All refugees migrating to the United States are required to have a medical
screening examination overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) is responsible for providing technical guidance to the physicians who
perform the overseas medical screening examination.