Skip to comments.Polio, Spreading Abroad, Threatens US
Posted on 05/05/2014 2:42:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
A resurgence of polio in the Middle East and Africa has sparked a dire warning from public health officials, including U.S. experts who fear the deadly virus is just a plane ride away.
At least 10 countries are reporting cases of polio a virus that can cause paralysis and even death.
If unchecked, this situation could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the worlds most serious vaccine-preventable diseases, the World Health Organization said in a statement today, calling the spread of polio in 2014 an extraordinary event and a public health emergency of international concern.
Polio spreads through contact with saliva and feces, according to the National Institutes of Health. The virus is currently being exported from Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria, and has turned up in Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria.
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They need to seriously look at restricting travel to some of the countries/regions. Especially true for these healthcare workers and people doing missionary work.
It brings tears to my eyes to see little kids in braces and wheel chairs. And how about an iron lung! How I would hate to see little kids in braces like that again, like some of my little schoolmates back in the day.
DH’s grandmother had polio as a girl. She relearned to walk and was able to marry, raise 3 kids and help her husband on the farm but in the end was very weak. I think that’s post-polio syndrome.
“They” should reveal photos and stories about FDR’s struggles with it.
I know this sounds crass, unreasonable, hard, etc., etc. but why do we allow volunteer Dr.’s nurses, medical supplies and equipment to go anywhere but in the US? Sure, we have Obamacare which will solve all problems, but why not direct these misguided do-gooders to Appalachia, the ghettoes of the black activists? Seems we would do the world a lot better.
There are lots of free clinics in the US staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses and helpers.
Our town has at least one of which I am aware. Ask around your town. Pay them a visit. Volunteer to help them or make a donation... or both!
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