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Louse 11-09-2005 09:15 AM

Polio is back!
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. - Polio was pronounced dead in the Western Hemisphere years ago, after one of the most successful public health campaigns in history. But now it is stealing through a tiny Amish community here in central Minnesota, spreading from an 8-month-old girl to four children on two neighboring farms.

So far, no one has been crippled by the disease; only 1 in 200 cases of polio results in paralysis. But worried public health officials say it may be only a matter of time.

Dr. Susan Rutten, a physician, makes house calls in four Amish communities in Central Minnesota.
The story of how polio came to this dairy farming community of 24 families, with 19th-century ways that include a deep-rooted suspicion of vaccination, is both a medical whodunit and a cautionary tale, suggesting that eradicating polio may prove far harder than anyone thought, even in the developed world.

No one expects that the United States will be visited by the kind of outbreaks that recently flared up in Africa and Asia, frustrating the longstanding goal of eliminating polio for good by the end of this year. But the Long Prairie cases highlight a weakness in the worldwide campaign.

kskerr 11-13-2005 05:24 PM

I read about that case. I think that they determined it was a mutated form of the vaccine but I am not sure. I generally prefer the live vaccine to the dead since it has the benefit of potentially exposing an immunised child's adult caregivers again and renewing their immunity, the dead vaccine does not. There are very very few cases of the live vaccine causing problems, when it does happen there is so much publicity it gets blown out of proportion like so many things.

puffazoid 03-26-2006 08:19 PM

well, let's hope that we can still buy the plushie, even if it IS dead!

kskerr 03-28-2006 07:20 PM

Yes, must have polio plush, it is one of the three I currently don't have. Hope the rumored new ones are out by next Christmas (come on it is like 300 or so days away) so I'll know what to ask for...

GERMan 03-29-2006 05:18 AM

Awww, they don't sell Polio as yet in GERMany! Neither can I get E.coli or Salmonella... :(

BTW, did you notice that the Professional line got moved so it isn't ever-prominent? And got a special comment?
I suppose somebody without any sense of humour/instructiveness might have complained...

kskerr 03-30-2006 02:09 AM

Can't you get them online? Seems odd that you couldn't... I don't notice a change, maybe you see a different page than I do or something living on the other side of the pond...

GERMan 03-30-2006 09:33 AM

You got a poing, kskerr, it's just different from our page.

Yeah, I could get Polio I guess, but not without gettin poor :o
We have an online shop just in Germany that's sending within the country for a mere national parcel fee which is great service :)
(<-- looking forward to his university exchange)

kskerr 03-31-2006 01:45 AM


Originally Posted by GERMan
(<-- looking forward to his university exchange)

Does that mean you are going to study abroad? If so are you coming to the US (if you are where/which school)?

Giardia 07-31-2006 11:19 PM

some of the microbes are not available to other countries, because the tags are not translated...a bunch are not available to canada on the web because the tags are only in english and not french...i found a store that, fortunately, sold them all!

kskerr 08-07-2006 02:34 AM

I know ya'll have the two language thing going and it can be kinda cool and all but that is so retarded to not let them sell the plushes up there just because it does not have both on the silly tag, if a french speaker didn't want only english they could wait or whatever, not everyone should have to suffer! This new multilingual trend seems to be getting a bit out of hand here, when I buy things that need assembly the directions are a lot harder to follow these days, either they have a huge manual so that they can write everything in like 50 different languages or they have pretty much no text and try to use pictures. Pictures are great but they can be very difficult to follow, I like having both! I like the ones where they have each language have its own page and so I do not have to wade through them all to find what step I'm on.

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