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AR Dept of Health debunks leprosy fears (Arkansas Leprosy Coverup)
KFSM News ^ | February 8, 2008

Posted on 02/09/2008 7:24:27 AM PST by Scythian

SPRINGDALE - The Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock says some Northwest Arkansas doctors have wrong information that's leading them to fears of leprosy cases

(Excerpt) Read more at kfsm.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: diseases; leprosy; marshallislands; springdale
They pulled their original story stating it could turn into an epedemic, over 100 people have leprosy there now which is EXTREMELY HIGH.

LINK TO THE ORIGINAL FREEPER POST

Not to get off topic, but the CDC is doing the same thing with Morgellons, I know 1st hand how contagious it is. However, in the leprosy case my guess is the Akansas Health Department is simply full of a bunch of liberal pro-immigration folks who'd rather see us get sick than some poor immigrant have his feelings hurt.

1 posted on 02/09/2008 7:24:31 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Scythian
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The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon.

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Move along folks, nothin to see here
2 posted on 02/09/2008 7:26:09 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Scythian

What do we expect from a state that produced the Clinton/Huckabee style of politics?


3 posted on 02/09/2008 7:28:17 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Scythian

Leprosy is caused by a bacteria and is completely treatable. Enough with the hysteria.


4 posted on 02/09/2008 7:33:10 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: Scythian

5 posted on 02/09/2008 7:37:26 AM PST by mirkwood
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To: Scythian

Last I heard, leprosy was not highly contagious.


6 posted on 02/09/2008 7:38:42 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: driftdiver
Leprosy is caused by a bacteria and is completely treatable. Enough with the hysteria.

Ya, right, that's where there's 100 with it in this small town and spreading (with anti-biotic treatment)
7 posted on 02/09/2008 7:39:30 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Scythian
The original story:

The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon.

Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy's spread.

Springdale MD Jennifer Bingham says, "my initial response was: I am shocked. I am shocked we are seeing this. It's a true reason to be very worried."

Medical specialists say the Marshall Islands have the most cases of leprosy, in the world. And the city with the largest number of Marshallese people, outside the Marshall islands, is Springdale. And Bingham says, it makes sense, then, that leprosy is spreading to the city. "It's from the Marshall islands; that's why we're seeing it."

Bingham says she is all for Marshallese people entering the United States, after proper medical tests. But whether they're immigrants or not, she says people must stick to treatment, when infected. And she says, when she treats those from the Marshall Islands, this doesn't happen. "We're not getting the compliance that is absolutely essential to take care of this process."

Bingham says without cooperation, leprosy, which has no vaccine, and is transmitted through the air, will spread, and could easily become an epidemic. "People absolutely should be concerned. What I'm afraid of, is when people start thinking about it enough, it will already be out of control."
8 posted on 02/09/2008 7:42:04 AM PST by Scythian
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“over 100 people have leprosy “

Not quie right. There are over a 100 cases of TB. 8 for leprosy. I read the original article and even sent the link to a couple of friends.


9 posted on 02/09/2008 7:42:11 AM PST by nralife
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If Mike Huckabee could do this to Arkansas, just think what he could do to the country.

LOL, Ok it’s a joke relax.


10 posted on 02/09/2008 7:42:46 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Big Government Evangelicals.....leading conservatives to Landslide 2012)
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To: Scythian

>> LINK TO THE ORIGINAL FREEPER POST

“Thanks for the tip.”


11 posted on 02/09/2008 7:43:17 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: driftdiver

So are these people employed at the big chicken processing plant down there?


12 posted on 02/09/2008 7:47:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (Duncan Hunter, Conservative excellence in action.)
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To: driftdiver

“Leprosy is caused by a bacteria and is completely treatable.”

That’s correct.

But many other less treatable diseases which were once under control in the USA are resurfacing, and the vector is the same.

There was a GOOD reason for requiring immigrants to go through a health screen before they were allowed into the country.

By the way, have you ever tried to bring a plant or an animal into this country? It’s a BIG deal.

Many times the animal will be quarantined, and the plants carefully inspected for disease.

I guess plant and animal health is more important than our health, and they are not as easily offended.


13 posted on 02/09/2008 7:54:03 AM PST by EEDUDE
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To: nralife

From doing a quick internet review of leprosy, it appears indeed that the original story was comprised of panicky uneducated idiot doctors, and the supposed “coverup” article is the one with accurate information.


14 posted on 02/09/2008 7:54:07 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Here is the cached article in its entirety:

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:RWmLxATAmMwJ:www.kfsm.com/Global/story.asp%3FS%3D7841296+Leprosy+outbreak+causes+concerns+in+Northwest+Arkansas&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

Last last line mentions the “over 100” with TB.

Darn, Google is fast!


15 posted on 02/09/2008 8:01:50 AM PST by nralife
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To: Scythian

AAAAHHH......Akansas, the land of tainted blood.


16 posted on 02/09/2008 8:03:59 AM PST by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: EEDUDE

Its obviously an issue but leprosy is not ebola. Illegals should be run out of this country and force to enter legally and work legally.

Health screenings are vitally important and those entering from Mexico are the only ones given a free pass.


17 posted on 02/09/2008 8:05:25 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: cripplecreek

“So are these people employed at the big chicken processing plant down there?”

Anyone who handles food should be screened. Even if you eat your chicken raw there are far greater threats to your health from poultry then leprosy.


18 posted on 02/09/2008 8:06:41 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: Scythian

What is also missing is that the original article also listed that there are at least 100 KNOWN cases of TB...

And guess where this is all coming from (hint: it ain’t the chickens, but you might check those PROCESSING those chickens).


19 posted on 02/09/2008 8:08:41 AM PST by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: driftdiver

Learned in grade school that leprosy (known as Hansen’s Disease after the bacterium was isolated in 1911) is mildly contagious where modern public hygiene is in effect, and can be arrested but not cured.

Anyway, I agree the downplaying of the epidemic alarm in Arkansas is PC-motivated.


20 posted on 02/09/2008 8:31:40 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: Scythian

I’m going on a backpacking trip the end of the month. We had decided on northwestern Arkansas since Louisiana (where we really wanted to go) was too far and has alligators.

Years from now you’re sitting in the Old Folks home and somebody asks, “How did you lose your leg?” Do you want to answer, “alligaor” or “leprosy”? — Me too. We’re going to Louisiana.


21 posted on 02/09/2008 8:42:18 AM PST by live+let_live
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To: Scythian
I started adding the keyword diseases to these kinds of threads several years ago. And most of these just happen to be associated with the massive influx of illegals. Hmmmmmmm.

The list continues to grow:

TB
leishmaniasis
chagas disease
dengue fever
polio
hepatitis A, B, and C
neurocysticercosis
Necrotizing Pneumonia (MRSA
Morgellons Fibre Disease
syphilis
pertussis
sickle cell anemia
measles



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Some former threads of related interest. Notice especially the dates of these.

(December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs
  Posted by navysealdad
On News/Activism 02/07/2008 10:36:10 PM CST · 68 replies


The Morning News NWA Online ^ | December 10, 2007 | By John Lyon
LITTLE ROCK -- The people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands are among the unhealthiest people in the world. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale, AR. and the surrounding areas, of whom 867 are children enrolled in the Springdale School District, Pritchard told the House and Senate Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese....

Hayworth: Americans should know TB, leprosy, polio, have been linked to illegal immigrants
  Posted by hsmomx3
On News/Activism 07/11/2005 1:40:24 PM CDT · 58 replies · 1,576+ views


KTLA ^ | KTLA
"Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country — tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example — and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to" illegal immigrants, Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) told the Business Journal of Phoenix last month.

Are illegals making U.S. a leper colony? (Leprosy in America)
  Posted by wagglebee
On News/Activism 05/22/2005 4:19:16 PM CDT · 68 replies · 2,284+ views


WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/22/05 | WorldNetDaily
Leprosy, the contagious skin disease evoking thoughts of biblical and Medieval times, is now making its mark in the United States, and many believe the influx of illegal aliens is a main factor. "Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country – tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example – and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to illegals," Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Business Journal of Phoenix. "For example, in 40 years, only 900 persons were afflicted by leprosy in the U.S.; in the past three years, more than 7,000 cases have been presented." "This...

22 posted on 02/09/2008 10:14:08 AM PST by TomGuy
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“Learned in grade school that leprosy (known as Hansen’s Disease after the bacterium was isolated in 1911) is mildly contagious where modern public hygiene is in effect, and can be arrested but not cured.”

Leprosy can be cured.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/leprosy-10651

“Today, there is effective treatment and the disease can be cured. There is no longer any justification for isolating persons with leprosy.”


23 posted on 02/09/2008 10:43:24 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: cripplecreek

They could easily be; they have a special status which allows them to immigrate without a green card, work and stay here almost permanently (violation of criminal laws prohibits entry and can cause future deportation)...

http://www.yokwe.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=999


24 posted on 02/09/2008 10:52:10 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Scythian

This is from the Chamber of Commerce in Springdale, Arkansas.

A Special Message from Perry Webb
Health Organizations Refute Story
A personal message from Perry Webb
Dear Chamber Members

You may be aware of a media report that is suggesting there has been an outbreak of leprosy in Springdale. This is not true.

The Chamber has been in touch this morning with Governor Mike Beebe, Congressman John Boozman, the Center for Disease Control and the Washington County Health Department. Each of these entities are fully engaged and are reporting to us that there is no “outbreak” of leprosy in Springdale or Northwest Arkansas.

In fact, the Washington County Health Department explains nothing has changed in the number of known cases of communicable diseases in Northwest Arkansas in the past year.

Please help us in our effort to diffuse this non-factual story with the accurate details of the Chamber’s research from this morning.

Perry Webb
President/CEO

Copyright © 2002-2003-2008 Springdale Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. You may reproduce materials
available at this site for your own personal use and for non-commercial distribution.


25 posted on 02/09/2008 4:38:23 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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