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Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | February 8, 2007 | Joyce Howard Price

Posted on 02/08/2007 8:53:15 AM PST by 3AngelaD

Federal researchers say neurocysticercosis, a brain infection caused by a pork tapeworm, is a "growing public health problem in the United States," especially in states bordering Mexico, where the disease is endemic. ..."international travel and immigration are bringing the disorder to areas where it is not endemic," such as this country. "Neurocysticercosis is the primary cause of epilepsy in endemic areas. This brain worm is very serious," Victor C. Tsang, chief of the immunochemistry laboratory in the Parasitic Disease Division of the CDC said... "Oral-fecal contamination is the standard route of transmission," he said of the condition... "Recent data indicate cysticercosis is an important cause of death in California," Mr. Tsang and other authors wrote in a recent report... A separate report in this month's issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that nearly 60 percent of the 221 U.S. deaths from cysticercosis between 1990 and 2002 involved California residents. "Most patients [187, or 85 percent] were foreign-born, and 137 [62 percent] had emigrated from Mexico... ..."In Hispanics and Latinos, neurocysticercosis accounts for 13.5 percent of [U.S.] emergency-room visits for seizures," federal and California investigators wrote ... "The growth is mainly due to immigration from endemic developing countries," they reported. ...These eggs are spread through food, water or surfaces contaminated with feces. "So if you have people cooking for you or handling your food who are tapeworm carriers and don't have good personal hygiene, you will be exposed to the eggs of the tapeworm" and become infected... Carriers tend to be people from rural developing countries with poor hygiene, where pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human feces. Mr. Tsang said the condition is rife in Mexico and other parts of Latin America and Central America and "in a large part of China and Africa."

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Infecting people with deadly, epilepsy-causing parasites that Americans won't infect..
1 posted on 02/08/2007 8:53:21 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD

I had an alcoholic tapeworm once.


2 posted on 02/08/2007 8:57:40 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Headline has several interpretations


3 posted on 02/08/2007 8:57:45 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: 3AngelaD

Do an FR search on Keyword Diseases for other 3rd-world afflictions that have crossed the borders into the US.

Open borders brings us more than just cheap lettuce.


4 posted on 02/08/2007 8:58:36 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: 3AngelaD
Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border...

Parasitic invasion plagues states along Mexico border...

What a coincidence!

5 posted on 02/08/2007 8:58:45 AM PST by TonyRo76 (American by birth. Patriot by choice. Christian by grace.)
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To: 3AngelaD

We need our brains examined.


6 posted on 02/08/2007 9:03:24 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: 3AngelaD

Thanks for all the illegals President Bush.


7 posted on 02/08/2007 9:07:37 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: 3AngelaD
Just one more reason why the border needs to be closed up, and entrance restricted. 100 years ago, we were turning people back at Ellis Island, if they had a chronic cough. I hope the infection makes it to congress and the senate. Maybe then, our MIS-representatives in Washington will pull their heads out of their deep, dark part of their anatomy!
8 posted on 02/08/2007 9:08:03 AM PST by Msgt USMC (Lead, follow, or get the heck outta the way!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Just send the medical bills to the Bush White House....


9 posted on 02/08/2007 9:08:48 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: 3AngelaD

Nowak. Texas.


10 posted on 02/08/2007 9:11:35 AM PST by null and void (No one can fall farther than an astronaut...)
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To: Msgt USMC

And now the Bush administration is looking for ways to make it easier for foreigners with AIDS and HIV-positive foreigners to come to the U.S.; nor do we bar people with TB from visiting here or immigrating here.


11 posted on 02/08/2007 9:11:42 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Vaquero

When are we going to hear "You're doing a hellava job, Cherti!"?


12 posted on 02/08/2007 9:12:45 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: 3AngelaD

I'm really curious about this. I live down here near the Mexican border, and there is a huge fight about hog farms going on down here. I can't help but wonder if this has more to do with the article than a real threat.

I have to go find the articles about the hog farm issue.


13 posted on 02/08/2007 9:13:28 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869

The hog farm issue you mention, if I remember right, is that you cannot brings hogs from Mexico, alive or in meat form, because of a disease the Mexican hogs have that is fatal to hogs, not people. I have personally been busted when returning from Mexico by the USDA people at the Houston airport for bringing in chorizo, which is a well cooked, preserved sausage sort of like salami, which cannot be imported despite the fact that it is cured. They confiscated my chorizo, huge bummer.


14 posted on 02/08/2007 9:19:11 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Msgt USMC

Top, I doubt that's going to happen until we storm the bastille with pitchforks and torches.

Those jackasses in Washington are doing precisely what they intend to do. This is all about control and who rules.

With rare exception, none of them want this country to remain a free constitutional republic.

They want slaves.


15 posted on 02/08/2007 9:20:46 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: USMCWife6869

Mexico has a terrible infectious disease problem. It will not stop at the border. These sort of parasites can be caught by people from people-especially if they work in a restaurant and are not good about washing their hands. We no longer eat at fast food restaurants in our town after some of my kids friends who work at these places told us about-employees not washing hands, changing dates on yogurt, using food that should be thrown away (expired) and coughing all the time (chronic) all over the food. Some of the people working there are illegals I am sure-some aren't. According to my son's friend they had to be told to bathe regularly and wear deoderant-yuck!
People who are sick should not be allowed into the country period. It is a risk to Americans and increase the costs associated with our already expensive health care system.


16 posted on 02/08/2007 9:21:05 AM PST by nyconse
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To: 3AngelaD

It wouldn't matter if it were an outbreak of flesh eating zombies crossing the border, neither the MSM nor the Bush Administration would play it the slightest heed.


17 posted on 02/08/2007 9:22:55 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: 3AngelaD

Many restaurants hire illegal Mexicans as most are hard working employees. The trouble raised in this pork tape worm article is proper food handling and premises hygiene.

If the hired illegal is unfamiliar with proper food and sanitary techniques, his or her language inability to learn from a non-bilingual supervisor could easily spread this terrible disease.

Every political and social change has unintended consequences. Illegals let in for their cheap labor caused other costs and hazards to our society. We need to tighten immigration and lack of border security to give us time to decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.


18 posted on 02/08/2007 9:23:01 AM PST by RicocheT
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To: 3AngelaD

Here in central California we find that more and more farmers are of the opinion that the food contamination is mostly due to the lack of sanitaion habits of their immigrant (or alien) workers. They just won't say it publicly. The talk of tearing out the hedgerows near vegetable fields is not geared against wild animals as the MSM reports, but at eliminating a place where workers that don't like using the fiberglass outhouses that bake in the sun can squat with and not be seen.

The word is gradually spreading out among the general population and the sales of spinach and other greens has not and will not recover.


19 posted on 02/08/2007 9:23:06 AM PST by Poincare
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To: 3AngelaD

That does suck, but the farm issue here is where to put it. They want to move a 52,000 + hog farm into these areas, and the environmentalists are losing it. They say it will hurt the area. OMG, this is the freaking desert, there is nothing here to hurt. The AG businesses around here want the farm for the cheap fertilizer, but the greenies are pitching a fit. I am trying to find a link I can use for the articles I have read. But this is a Imperial Valley issue here in AZ/CA. I'm sure it isn't something the Washington paper is interested in. It just seemed so coincidental to me.


20 posted on 02/08/2007 9:24:33 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869

Actually, if it is wanting to put in hog farms, the problem is the run-off. They have to find a way to process the pig excrement because it has something in it that pollutes the ground water and ruins the soil. If you an find the articles, there was a huge problem in northern Colorado, Weld County and surrounds, several years ago because of the run-off. "... nitrogen and phosphorous can find their way into groundwater thereby compromising water quality. Waste application is banned on weekends and holidays because of odor complaints." Not sure I'd want that in my neighborhood.


21 posted on 02/08/2007 9:30:29 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Poincare
Here in central California we find that more and more farmers are of the opinion that the food contamination is mostly due to the lack of sanitaion habits of their immigrant (or alien) workers.

It was wild pigs, says the MSM. Do you reckon the investigators and media were more comfortable blaming pigs than farmworker hygenic deficiencies?

Pigs Source Of Spinach E coli Outbreak Say Investigators

22 posted on 02/08/2007 9:41:14 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: nyconse

Mexico has a terrible infectious disease problem? Enough racist fearmongering - give me more pork carnitas. Wonder why I can't think and have a terrible headache. Couldn't be tapeworms in my head, could it? Nah. ;)

Actually, I remember an article describing this scenario on Freerepublic recently. A Mexican fellow loved carnitas and had headaches. The doctors found a large pork tapeworm in his head.


23 posted on 02/08/2007 9:49:21 AM PST by Howard Jarvis Admirer (Howard Jarvis, the foe of the tax collector and friend of the California homeowner)
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To: Plutarch; Poincare
... more and more farmers are of the opinion that the food contamination is mostly due to the lack of sanitaion habits of their immigrant (or alien) workers.

It was wild pigs, says the MSM.

Here's a combination of pigs and humans! From the article:

Carriers tend to be people from rural developing countries with poor hygiene, where pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human feces. Mr. Tsang said the condition is rife in Mexico and other parts of Latin America and Central America and "in a large part of China and Africa."

24 posted on 02/08/2007 9:53:39 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: Leatherneck_MT

You are correct. There is no other explanation for what is going on in this country. The government is rife with traitors that want to destroy freedom and democracy and imitate what's happening in Venezuela. Hillary might as well drop her mask and declare that she will nationalize the oil companies and everything else when she is elected.


25 posted on 02/08/2007 9:56:46 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: TexasRepublic

That she should, because that's exactly what she's going to try to do.

I used to think that another rebellion in this country was not in our immediate future. But with all that's going on in the District of Criminals these days, I have to seriously wonder.


26 posted on 02/08/2007 10:01:35 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: TexasRepublic
Hillary might as well drop her mask and declare that she will nationalize the oil companies and everything else when she is elected.

That freeper that posts that Rudy positions table should put together a Hillary vs. Hugo Chavez policy positions table for laughs!
27 posted on 02/08/2007 10:04:35 AM PST by gipper81 (in case you didn't know, we are STILL cleaning up Jimmy Carter's crap from the 1970s)
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To: 3AngelaD

wha about feral pigs? are they prevented from crossing
the border?


28 posted on 02/08/2007 10:09:21 AM PST by rahbert
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To: 3AngelaD

"Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border"

Thought they were talking about illegals.


29 posted on 02/08/2007 10:11:59 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Howard Jarvis Admirer

There was a show on (I think) Discovery Health a couple of weeks ago about a young orthodox jewish man who started having seizures, and no one could figure it out at first because neither he nor his family eats pork. Then they found the parasite in his brain. Turns out they had a Mexican maid, Thypoid Maria if you will, who had questionable hygiene habits. They tested her and found the parasite. It was a very nasty story, all told.


30 posted on 02/08/2007 10:14:49 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Be careful on the taco de carnitas.


31 posted on 02/08/2007 10:15:24 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

If I eat carnitas I make them myself (although it takes forever to do it right and you have to have fresh pico de gallo too) with meat from my very reputable and painstakingly clean (German) butcher.


32 posted on 02/08/2007 10:20:18 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border

Sure does. It's called Illegalus Immigrationitis.

33 posted on 02/08/2007 10:22:20 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: 3AngelaD

"Diversity" = Neurocysticercosis, among other ills.


34 posted on 02/08/2007 10:22:39 AM PST by teawithmisswilliams (Basta, already!)
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To: 3AngelaD

I've neen known to eat them off the push cart. But only if I had been drinking.


35 posted on 02/08/2007 10:24:08 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: 3AngelaD
nor do we bar people with TB from visiting here or immigrating here.

No, actually we do. If you have TB you're not going to get an immigration visa. I know from personal experience.

36 posted on 02/08/2007 10:24:14 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Cysticercosis, or neurocysticercosis, is the most common parasitic infection of the central nervous system worldwide. It is caused by larvae of the tapeworm, Taenia solium, normally found in pork. The larvae, called cysticerci (singular cysticercus; also called bladder worms) form cysts in the body. If these worms are found in the intestine, they cause a different disease that is called teniasis, which is discussed in the Taenia solium and Taenia saginata articles.

Cysticercosis occurs when Taenia solium eggs enter the stomach. This can be from food or water contaminated with infected human fecal material. Also, people with adult tapeworms in their small intestine (teniasis) can autoinfect themselves with cysticercosis by vomiting, which pushes eggs into the stomach. When the eggs return to the intestines, the worms hatch and migrate into the skeletal muscles, heart, eyes and even the brain and spinal cord. Once there, they form small encapsulated cysts containing the worm.


37 posted on 02/08/2007 10:36:55 AM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: Centurion2000

How many visa applicants do they test for TB? If you didn't get a visa because you answered the questionaire truthfully, good for you. You are a principled, if lonely, minority. But as a practical matter they do not bar people with TB from coming here. And don't even get me started about the illegals with TB, I used to live in Texas.


38 posted on 02/08/2007 10:38:11 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: 3AngelaD

39 posted on 02/08/2007 10:40:29 AM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: soccer8

Wanted to ping you to this - as we'd discussed this briefly recently.


40 posted on 02/08/2007 10:41:21 AM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: azhenfud

Thanks.


41 posted on 02/08/2007 10:45:33 AM PST by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: 3AngelaD; Issaquahking; thegreatbeast; TejanoJim; neodad; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; showme_the_Glory; ...

Parasitic Plague Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


42 posted on 02/08/2007 10:46:55 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas - beyond your expectations!)
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To: 3AngelaD
Being spread by Democraticks!

It will take blood from you for the better of the community.

43 posted on 02/08/2007 10:51:03 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: 3AngelaD
Potentially lethal tapeworms increasing along border
Associated Press - Parasite, which lodges in brain, blamed on poor sanitation by food handlers and more immigration.
McALLEN - Doctors in South Texas say they're seeing more cases of a parasite that burrows into the human brain, sometimes resulting in seizures or even death.

Health officials say the increase is probably due to failure of food handlers to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. They believe increasing immigration from Central and South America, where the tapeworm is more common, may also be a factor.

A condition known as neurocysticercosis occurs when immature larvae of the pork tapeworm travel in the bloodstream and lodge in the brain or central nervous system, sometimes causing seizures and headaches. The disease kills
up to 50,000 people worldwide each year, according to a Cambridge University research group, but is uncommon in most of the United States.

"Neurocysticercosis is a major health problem along the United States-Mexico border," according to a 1998 report by the Texas Department of Health, which said the increase corresponds to increased immigration from areas where the
disease is more common. It also said doctors are better able to diagnose the disease, using CAT scans.

"It's a tremendous problem in Third World countries and its becoming an increasing problem in the U.S. It definitely has to do with immigration,"

Dr. Judy Teale, a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center, told The Monitor newspaper in McAllen.
Teale is studying the effects of treatment for the disease.

Worm on the Brain Woman Recuperating After Doctors Remove Parasite
Dawn Becerra has made a quick recovery after undergoing an operation to remove the remains of a parasite from her brain.

(ABCNEWS.com)


April 13 - An Arizona woman says she's feeling good, a little more than a week after undergoing six hours of surgery to remove a worm that had lodged in her brain.

Dawn Becerra and her doctors believe the parasite got into her system three years ago, when she ate a pork taco while on a visit to Mexico. Becerra said she was ill for three weeks after eating the taco. Soon after, she began suffering violent seizures. Later, doctors determined she had a parasitic worm in her brain and it had caused neurocysticercosis - a lesion
in her brain.

Poor Sanitation Allows Parasite to Spread
Doctors at Arizona's Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale believe the taco contained Taenia solium, a parasite that is common in Latin America. It can be transmitted by infected food prepared by someone who has not followed proper sanitation procedures after coming into contact with the creature's eggs, which can be present in human feces.

Some experts point out that it is difficult to know for certain that the taco was the source of the worm. However Becerra ingested the parasite, it attached itself as an egg to her
intestinal wall. Eventually, the egg developed into the worm, which moved into her blood stream and to her brain, said Dr. Joseph Sirven, who operated on Becerra.

Once in the brain, the worm causes little harm until it eventually dies and decays, thereby inflaming surrounding tissue.
"It's after the worm dies that the body reacts to something foreign," Sirven explained.

Undergoing Brain Surgery While Awake
Although Becerra seems to have kept a good attitude - she even gave the worm a nickname, Tonya - she said the seizures it caused were devastating. She reached a point where she could no longer tolerate them. "You have to be conscious that you can have them at any time," Becerra told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America on Thursday, "and I lived with the thought that there was a worm in my brain."

She made the decision to have it removed and just when she thought the situation couldn't get any worse - it did. Doctors told her that she would have to undergo brain surgery while she was completely conscious because the procedure would take them into an extremely sensitive area of the brain.

'She Was Very Lucky'
Beccera underwent the six-hour procedure last week - awake the entire time. She received only acupuncture and a mild anesthesia to deal with the pain. Doctors spoke to the bilingual Becerra in both Spanish and English during the operation.

Eventually, they found the decayed worm and removed it - without doing any long-term damage to their patient. "She was very lucky because she had only one cyst," said Sirven. "She should be in good shape now."

Becerra is recovering quickly, and doctors say she won't need a checkup for six months.

But it has still been a bizarre and difficult ordeal for her.
"The fascinating part about this is that it's much more common than people think," notes Sirven. And through good sanitation and cooking pork thoroughly, he says, "it's very, very preventable."

The World Health Organization says neurocysticercosis is a common cause of epilepsy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 


44 posted on 02/08/2007 10:57:29 AM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: TexasCajun

Nice pantsuit! It makes her legs look so thin.


45 posted on 02/08/2007 10:57:32 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Previous

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1766726/posts
Rare brain worms spread by unsanitary cooks[Texas]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1746772/posts
Brain worms can be deadly


46 posted on 02/08/2007 10:59:19 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Liz

What did we read about young healthy immigrants?


47 posted on 02/08/2007 11:00:27 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

This is one thread that didn't need pictures.


UGH!


48 posted on 02/08/2007 11:01:14 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: 3AngelaD

Yuck! That is really gross.

Years ago, at Ellis Island, immigrants were carefully examined and quarantined for weeks (if not sent right back) for having communicable diseases.

Whoever has the strongest platform against illegal immigration is the one who will get my vote for President in 2008.


49 posted on 02/08/2007 11:02:42 AM PST by Palladin (You cannot glorify God better than by a calm and joyous life.--Spurgeon)
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To: Msgt USMC
.....our MIS-representatives in Washington.....

Well Said!

50 posted on 02/08/2007 11:05:20 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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