The UKIP group leader at Cambridgeshire County Council is calling for all migrant workers from countries with high levels of tuberculosis to be screened before coming to Britain.
Paul Bullen made his remarks to ITV News Anglia following the diagnosis of 17 cases of the disease among workers at factories in Chatteris near Ely.
Staff at a factory where some of the infected people had worked, have been offered TB screening,
Public Health England says they cannot screen migrants from the European Union for TB, but that migrants from other countries with high rates of the disease are required to give proof they have been recently screened and are clear of the disease.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper