Savage Thinks Immigrants are Spreading Malaria

Michael Savage spreads the myth of the diseased immigrant, always so popular in the right wing fever swamps, claiming that the outbreaks of measles and other diseases is due to immigrants coming here and spreading disease. And of course, it’s all Obama’s fault.

“Immigrants and epidemics – I’ve been sounding the alarm bell on this since I began in radio in 1994,” Savage wrote to WND. “The socialist government, media, academic, medical apparatchiks have looked the other way or changed the origin of numerous illnesses which were once eradicated in our once-first world nation.”

Savage, who holds a Ph.D in nutritional ethnomedicine, continued: “Measles had been nearly eradicated until about 15 years ago. When Clinton busted our border with Mexico, the floodgates were opened to infected migrants. Measles, TB, even malaria is returning! This is a form of medical genocide.”

He continued: “These illegal migrants may have a greater resistance to these illnesses owing to the fact they live in the midst of the infecting organisms. Our population is nearly ‘virgin’ to these infectious organisms. The killer flu raging through our population, measles, TB are all the result of this anti-American government.”

The charged-up Savage finished with an ominous historical analogy: “When European seamen arrived in Tahiti and the Marquesas, they brought with them smallpox, which nearly wiped out the entire local population in only 20 years. You see, the ‘natives’ had no resistance to this disease. We are now Obama’s ‘natives.’”

Wait, malaria? He does realize that malaria is not contagious, right? Humans can’t give it to one another, it can only be gotten through mosquito bites and only in certain regions. The U.S. gets about 1500 cases of malaria a year in the entire country, almost all of it found in Americans who have traveled to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or the Amazon. And tuberculosis? Rates of TB infections in the United States have been going down, not up. And it’s a miniscule problem at most, about 3 cases for every 100,000 people.

This is just dishonest fearmongering, which is the core of right wing rhetoric.

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  • theschwa

    Typical commie Muslims! They come here and expect us to follow their Malaria Law!

  • garnetstar

    “Killer flu”? Savage does realize that there’s a way to greatly reduce everyone’s chance of getting that, right?

    No, best not to make assumptions. His medical knowledge seems so infinitesimal that he’s probably not against vaccines, he’s probably never heard of them.

  • wreck

    And the anti-vaxers, many of whom are the kind of anti-gubmint wingnut that buy Savage’s drivel, have nothing to do with measles outbreaks, right?

  • Modusoperandi

    To be fair, Obama is doing it deliberately, just like when he infected us all with swine flu in 2009, as Carter did before him. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.


    That said, it’s worse than the time Carter tried to murder us all because Obama’s using ISIS sleeper agents (most of whom are pretending to be Mexican children) to infect us all with obesity so that Moochelle can hector us about our fat children, and also so we’ll be forced to get treated under Obamacare’s Death Panels.

  • raven

    1. Most of the people who enter the USA every year are…Americans. Mostly white, mostly well off. The numbers are huge, 60 million entrants a year.

    We call them tourists. Sometimes businesspeople, sometimes students, sometimes workers, sometimes…US military. They cross the border out and then cross the border coming back.

    2. Millions of foreigners do the same thing. They come to the United States on vacation. Or as college students, nearly a million a year. Plus business travel, diplomats, workers, etc..

    Compared to the normal flux of people coming and and leaving New Rome for routine reasons, immigration, illegal or not is insignificant.

    Anyone who buys Savages Dark Ages fear mongering is very stupid. I’ve only met one, a Fox NoNewers. He is very stupid.

    PS This is straight out of the Dark Ages. The Jews were accused of spreading diseases e.g. the Black Plague. And massacred for it by mass burning of live people. Which, didn’t do anything to stop the Black Plague, of course.

    (Strangely enough, the Pope put a stop to it quickly. A rare example of a religious leader…doing the right thing!!!)

  • Chiroptera

    You know what spreads malaria? The right species of mosquito which passes it from one human to another. A species (actually several species) that thrive in hot climates. In other words, if any will be responsible for spreading malaria in the US, it will be global climate change.

  • llewelly

    best part is, put his name next to “vaccines” in google, and you can see he’s done lots of anti-vax fearmongering in the past.

  • holytape


    There are several native mosquitoes that can transmit malaria. And malaria was found as far north as Canada until recently. One of the most common mosquitoes in the east, Anopheles quadrimaculatus, can spread the disease. Of course warmer climate would mean that the main malaria mosquito, A,. gambiae, would have a greater ability to become established in the US.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    So strange that he would blame measles on Mexican immigrants when Mexico has higher immunization rates than the US.

    And what about a new disease that’s actually killing people here in the US for the last 12 years or so, West Nile? Oh, that’s right, it became a problem when W was president, so you ignored the problem.

  • Modusoperandi

    People can transmit malaria. Particularly those South-of-the-Border Moochers, here to suck America’s blood. I mean, look at the prices my illegal maid, gardener and nanny charge me! And nine to fourteen dollars an hour picking cucumbers? Highway robbery for such an easy job. I mean, when I was younger I picked four of them from in my parents’ garden in a single morning (for no pay!), so I think it’s safe to say that I’m an somewhat of an expert on doing it for a living.

  • Modusoperandi

    holytape “Anopheles quadrimaculatus”

    He as also in 10K back in ’72 taking the gold home for Greece. True story.

  • SC (Salty Current)


    There are several native mosquitoes that can transmit malaria. And malaria was found as far north as Canada until recently. One of the most common mosquitoes in the east, Anopheles quadrimaculatus, can spread the disease.

    Indeed, in Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914, J. R. McNeill argues that she was a great ally in the creation of the US:

    After 1770, the tenor of geopolitics in Atlantic America altered. Imperial rivalries persisted but now revolutionary struggles also reverberated throughout the Atlantic world, complicating the political picture. Populations mainly born and raised in the Americas began to agitate for their freedom from imperial control. Once again, differential immunity ensured that yellow fever and malaria shaped the outcomes of these contests. By and large, revolutionary forces enjoyed far greater immunity to these twin killers than did those sent out to quell revolutions, and they learned to exploit that fact. If they could avoid losing quickly on the battlefield, the revolutionaries could prevail in the long run thanks to the systematically partisan attacks of epidemics. (5)

    …Of course, mosquitoes and malaria did not win the American Revolution on their own. Washington and Greene had to fight (and avoid fighting) as prudently as they did; the French had to intervene; the British had to gamble on their southern strategy; de Grasse had to sail for the Chesapeake; and no doubt much else had to fall into place for things to come out as they did. But given these circumstances, mosquitoes and malaria could help make the difference, snatching victory from the jaws of stalemate.

    …Because ‘fevers’ killed British soldiers at roughly eight times the rate that battles did in the war, a small edge in disease resistance translated into a significant advantage. It was a war of attrition in which malarial plasmodia and the smallpox virus killed far more than cannon and muskets, and sickened far more than were wounded….

    Had malaria not hamstrung Cornwallis, he might well have been able to hold South Carolina and Georgia indefinitely, and the Loyalists he counted on might have rallied to his side in greater numbers. After all, Generals Gates and Greene lost almost every battle they fought in the South, and could not oust the British army from fortified coastal positions – only mosquitoes armed with malaria could accomplish that. It is probably unlikely that the British southern strategy would have succeeded in keeping all of British North America, but, absent malaria, the Southern plantation colonies might well have stayed loyal, as Florida, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec did, in effect creating a southern version of Canada linked to the plantation world of the British West Indies, and leaving a narrower band of North America to the fledgling United States. But that did not happen. The tiny female An. quadrimaculatus stands tall among the founding mothers of the United States. (232-234)

  • lorn

    If Obama wanted to spread disease he could deploy thousands of immunologically naive personnel to SW Asia. Seems to me like, if I remember right, that someone might have done that before Obama got into office, but given that Obama has a time machine, I can’t be sure:

  • theguy

    “once-first world nation”

    Shitvage likes to condemn America as degenerate for gay rights and stuff like that, but this drooling rant shows that he himself is a fascist, racist degenerate. Unfortunately, being a right-wing piece of shit on the radio pays huge.

  • machintelligence

    SC @12

    Not only that, but malaria resistance made black slaves more valuable than indentured workers from Europe in the Southern states. Even Arizona was a malaria area before some climate change (increasingly variable rainfall amounts and possibly overgrazing) caused an upstream moving waterfall that lowered the stream levels and drained the swampy cienagas along their banks.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Assertions regarding malaria incidence in the USA prior to 1920 (as late as 1940 in some places) are seriously in doubt. Since then, a malaria diagnosis actually requires microscopic identification of plasmodium parasites, but prior it was used as a catch-all for any recurring fever with chills — including brucelosis.

    Once the actual observation of parasites was required, the native incidence of malaria in the USA dropped to pretty much zero.

  • thebookofdave

    When European seamen arrived in Tahiti and the Marquesas, they brought with them smallpox, which nearly wiped out the entire local population in only 20 years.

    Savage correctly identifies white European-origin settlers as the source of these epidemics. Is he proposing tougher border controls as self-quarantine to protect Mexico and Central America from our deadly outbreaks? It won’t work. Someone needs to inform him that no border fence will contain the stupid.

  • coffeehound

    “Measles had been nearly eradicated until about 15 years ago. When Clinton busted our border with Mexico, the floodgates were opened to infected migrants.”

    Hmm……let’s see…..15 years….Wakefield’s abomination of a study came out in Lancet in 1998…….Yup, must of been Clinton and the foreigners….