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October 29th, 2013 - 12:11 pm


It’s the kind of headline you’d expect to see from the 1930s or ’40s, when international news was becoming timely, and a vaccine for polio hadn’t yet been developed. But an unchecked outbreak of polio now, in the 21st Century? You want to use the word “unthinkable,” except there it is, happening.


Twenty-two children in Deir al-Zor province became paralyzed this month with acute flaccid paralysis, symptoms that can be caused by other diseases, and WHO’s laboratory in Tunis has now isolated the wild polio virus in samples taken from 10 victims.

“Out of those 22 being investigated, 10 are now confirmed to be polio type one,” WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer told a news briefing in Geneva.

Most victims are under two years old and are believed never to have been vaccinated against the crippling disease or to have received even a single dose of the oral vaccine instead of three which ensure protection, he said.


The story goes on to say there was an earlier outbreak there in 1999 — who knew?

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Excuse me for saying this, but I have little sympathy.

Even my Amish neighbors, who shun 99% of the modern world, understand the importance of vaccinating their kids.

I still think that if we push back on the radical muzzies when they intrude on our turf, things will end well. They’ll mostly wipe themselves out.

Call me an optimist.....

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Pakistan, too Let's hear it for 7th century jackwagons.
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I always thought it was a big mistake to cease vaccinating against supposedly-dead diseases. That's just asking for it...
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