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  • Polio virus found in Sao Paulo sewage, no human case: WHO

    06/23/2014 2:40:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY
    The polio virus has been found in sewage samples near Sao Paulo, one of the venues for the soccer World Cup in Brazil, but no human case of the disease has been reported so far, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The virus discovered in Sao Paulo sewage collected in March at Viracopos International Airport, and reported by Brazilian health authorities last week, is a close match to a strain isolated in a case in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO said. "(The) virus has been detected in the sewage only ... To date no case of paralytic polio has been...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Polio, Spreading Abroad, Threatens US

    05/05/2014 2:42:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    abc ^ | May 5, 2014 | KATIE MOISSE
    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 world’s 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...
  • UN: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

    05/05/2014 8:34:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2014 10:45 AM EDT | Maria Cheng
    Raising a worldwide alarm, the World Health Organization announced Monday that spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. […] Polio usually strikes children under five and is most often spread via infected water. There is no specific cure, but several vaccines exist. Experts are particularly concerned that the virus continues to pop up in countries that were previously free of the disease, such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq—where civil war or unrest complicates efforts to contain the virus. That...
  • Poliovirus kills area college student's brain tumor

    04/29/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    WCNC ^ | April 25, 2014 | MICHELLE BOUDIN
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- It is an incredible story of a girl with a rare and deadly form of cancer seemingly saved by a shocking experimental treatment at Duke Medical Center. Don't let her easy disposition fool you. She smiles a lot, laughs easily. But doctors will tell you Stephanie Lipscomb should be dead right now. “The odds weren’t good. They didn’t expect me to live more than two years I don’t think.” The University of South Carolina nursing student was just 20, a sorority girl, part time waitress, and all around girl next door when she began having migraines. She...
  • Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East

    03/26/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 March 2014 | Tim Whewell
    As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease - despite a massive campaign to vaccinate millions of children in surrounding countries. In the back of a car parked outside a Turkish hospital, the shy woman in a long pink velvet dress starts sobbing as she talks about her baby, being treated in an isolation ward inside. "He started to get really sick. I tried to make him stand and use his feet, but it was quite impossible,"...
  • Data belies Dan Patrick’s ‘illegal invasion’ claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOP’s leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are “bringing Third World diseases with them,” referencing “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasn’t been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • Polio worker kidnapped from Chamkani found dead ( Pakistan )

    03/24/2014 7:17:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Express News ^ | March 24, 2014
    PESHAWAR: A lady health worker was found dead in Koh-e-Daman village in the jurisdiction of Daudzai police station on Monday, Express News reported. She was kidnapped from her house in Guluzai village in the jurisdiction area of Chamkani police station on the night of March 23. The body of the worker, identified as Salma Farooq, bore torture marks as well. Earlier today, police had said that around eight armed men had entered the house of Farooq, held the family hostage at gunpoint and took the woman away with them.
  • Moorpark Boy Latest To Be Diagnosed With Mysterious Polio-Like Illness

    03/21/2014 6:56:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 10:25 PM | Brittney Hopper
    MOORPARK ( — A 2-year-old Moorpark boy is the latest to be diagnosed with a mysterious polio-like illness. When Lucian Olivera was 11 months, he had an ear infection. Then, he couldn’t stand or use his legs. For months, doctors didn’t know what was wrong. “I felt helpless. It was extremely frustrating. It was hard to sit and not be able to help him,” Olivera’s mother, Erin, said. On Friday, the family went to Stanford University, where it was confirmed Olivera had the polio-like syndrome. “You don’t realize what you have until something goes really, really wrong,” Erin said. So...
  • CDC Urged To Investigate Mystery Polio-Like Illness Affecting California Kids

    03/03/2014 3:07:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 27, 2014 | NA
    WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months. Boxer said “we need answers” in her letter to CDC Director Thomas Frieden. In particular, she wants the agency to look into whether the illness can be traced to a virus or environmental factors. She also wants to know whether the agency is aware of similar reports of paralysis nationwide...
  • Militant ambush kills 12 of polio workers escort in Pakistan

    03/01/2014 8:44:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    reuters ^ | Sat Mar 1, 2014 9:21pm IST | Jibran Ahmad
    The attack lasted an hour and when rescuers approached the scene the gunmen also attacked them, according to Khan Faraz, an official in the Jamrud area of Khyber, a rugged tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Around a dozen wounded were taken to hospital, but others died on the road waiting for help to arrive, he said. Another official, Assistant Political Agent Jehangir Azam, said all the casualties were members of the levies or Khasadar, both locally recruited government-backed militias. They were providing security for the health workers. Polio vaccination teams are frequently attacked, as are government security forces. A spokeswoman for...
  • Mystery poliolike illness affects as many as 25 children in California

    02/24/2014 5:53:49 PM PST · by nuconvert · 61 replies
    Doctors in California say as many as 25 children are suffering from a mysterious, poliolike virus that is leaving them with paralyzed limbs... The cause of most of these cases is not known, health officials say. The average age of the children is 12.
  • Small Number Of Children In California Get Strange, New Polio-Like Illness

    02/24/2014 7:57:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    AP) ^ | February 23, 2014 9:22 PM
    Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who has worked with Glaser’s team, will present the cases of five of the children at the American Academy of Neurology’s upcoming annual meeting. He said all five patients had paralysis in one or more arms or legs that reached its full severity within two days. None had recovered limb function after six months. “We know definitively that it isn’t polio,” Van Haren added, noting that all had been vaccinated against that disease. Glaser wouldn’t provide the number of illnesses. Van Haren said he was aware...
  • Pakistani polio strain threatens global campaign

    02/17/2014 12:06:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2014 2:29 AM EST | Kathy Gannon
    Just a few weeks ago, 11-month-old Shaista was pulling herself up, giggling as she took her first wobbly steps with the helping hand of her teenage mother. Then the polio virus struck and Shaista was no longer able to stand, her legs buckling beneath her weight. Today, her mother cries a lot and wonders what will become of her daughter in Pakistan’s male-dominated society, where a woman’s value is often measured by the quality of her husband. […] Fresh cases of polio—traced through genetic sequencing to the Pakistani strain of the disease—are showing up in countries that were previously polio-free,...
  • Polio outbreak in Syria: "The virus originates in Pakistan..."

    11/04/2013 8:04:27 AM PST · by LaRueLaDue · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 3, 2013 2:45 PM | Robert Spencer
    A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And the Taliban has for some time murdering people who were administering the polio vaccine in Pakistan. And so now Pakistani jihadis are bringing polio to Syria.
  • Herd Immunity

    08/29/2013 9:22:01 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    The peoples chemist ^ | unlisted | A. Chemist
    When outbreaks arise among children, health officials are quick to state that it’s due to a breakdown in ‘herd immunity.‘ "Some" doctors parrot it too, without even looking at the research. They say it’s happening more often nationwide as states make it easier for parents to opt out of vaccinations.
  • CDC Admits 98 Million Americans Received Polio Vaccine Contaminated With Cancer Virus

    07/17/2013 10:09:46 AM PDT · by BCW · 201 replies
    Realfarmcy ^ | 17 JULY 2013 | Dave Mihalovic
    The CDC has quickly removed a page from their website, which is now cached here, admitting that more than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine within an 8-year span when a proportion of the vaccine was contaminated with a cancer causing polyomavirus called SV40. It has been estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of the vaccine.
  • Islamism's Decade of Spreading Polio

    06/01/2013 11:01:24 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 11 replies
    Daniel Pipes-Middle East Forum ^ | June 1, 2013 | Daniel Pipes
    The polio disease was on the verge of eradication when Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria and a physician, suggested at about this time in 2003 that the vaccination program in his country was part of a Western conspiracy to render Muslim children infertile.
  • Journalists Detained Over Nigeria Polio Attacks (9 aid workers gunned down by Islamists)

    02/12/2013 8:33:25 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 12, 2013
    Police in northern Nigeria have arrested three journalists in connection with the killing of nine polio vaccine workers at a clinic last week. The journalists from radio station Wazobia FM are accused of inciting the killings by hosting an on-air discussion about rumors and conspiracy theories related to the vaccines. ... The female workers were killed by gunmen on motorbikes Friday, while giving out polio vaccines at two community health centers in Kano city. ... Some Nigerians in the country's largely Muslim north believe the polio vaccines are used to sterilize young girls or can cause HIV.
  • 6 anti-polio workers killed in Pakistan

    12/18/2012 6:19:57 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    Times of India ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: In a string of attacks in Pakistan, unidentified gunmen killed at least five female and one male health workers who were employed with a UN-backed programme to immunize children from polio, an endemic disease in the country. Five health workers, four of them women, were killed in three different locations in the port city of Karachi while another female health worked was gunned down in the suburbs of Peshawar on Tuesday.
  • Obama's Peace Partner, the Taliban, Shoot Girl Dead For Helping Fight Polio

    12/07/2012 10:27:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 07, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    The Taliban commit a relentless series of anti-human, anti-life acts on a daily basis, and not only does no one care, but Obama stalks them for peace. Stalks them. And the more he stalks, the more savage and brazen their war on humanity becomes. They're taunting us with their savagery. And Obama's subservient policy to these savages pains me as an American, and as a lover of life and of freedom. It makes me physically ill. And don't think this won't come back to haunt us, in spades. Tragic death of the Afghan girl who just wanted to change her...
  • Polio Workers Shot in Pakistan

    07/24/2012 1:31:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 23 July 2012 | Leslie Roberts
    A man working for the World Health Organization (WHO) on the polio eradication campaign was shot and killed in Karachi, Pakistan, on the evening of 20 July. Muhammad Ishaq was shot outside his clinic in a rough slum area of Karachi known as Gadap. Ishaq, who was from the local community, died en route to the hospital. Just 3 days earlier, two gunmen shot a Ghanaian doctor working for WHO and his Pakistani driver, who were participating in a national polio vaccination campaign, in their car. The doctor was wounded in the stomach; the driver suffered a grazing wound on...
  • India's extraordinary eradication of polio to become official

    02/21/2012 3:09:49 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Feb 2012 | Dean Nelson
    There has not been a single recorded new case of the disease since January last year, and if that remains the case for the rest of the year the disease will be officially eradicated. It is an extraordinary achievement for a country where as recently as 1995 there were 32,000 polio cases and young victims can still be seen with misshapen limbs begging at traffic lights throughout the main cities. But officials believe this will soon be a symbol of India's past as rising wealth is reflected in better basic healthcare. The campaign to eradicate polio in India was launched...
  • 16721 People has Refuse to vaccinate their children Polio in KP

    08/19/2011 6:12:24 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 33 replies ^ | 20 August 3022 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar , 20 August 2011 Fake polio vaccinations has make trouble for polio teams to vaccinate the children, more then 16500 families has refused to vaccinate their children in polio campaign in July 2011. According to Report of Provincial Health Department, which was submit to Federal Ministry of Health, 16720 families has refused to immunize their children in Polio Campaign July. District Bannu was most Refusal cases, there 3405 families has refuse to vaccinate their children. In current polio Campaign there is no refusal case from Chitral and Kohistan Districts. According to Report Provincial Minister of Health has make target...
  • 7 families Refuse polio Vaccinations to their children in Peshawar

    07/25/2011 5:04:59 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 25 July 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 25 July 2011 Refusal cases of polio vaccinations in Peshawar city has grow, 7 families of Qayum Abad Peshawar has refused, to give polio to their children. Today on 25 July provincial Health ministry starts three days polio vaccination campaign in KPK Province. According to available data of provincial health ministry 26 polio positive cases take place in KPK and FATA. The latest case in Qayum Abad Peshawar, there polio positive case diagnose to 2 years old Aimen. Polio suffers the leg of 2 year cute girl Aimen. Aimen father is Taxi Driver. Talking to media the Aimen Uncle...
  • Polio cases: Increase from 14% to 21% in less than a year

    07/24/2011 4:11:43 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 July 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    PESHAWAR: July 24, 2011 Polio cases in Pakistan are increasing with an alarming rate during current year 2011. So far 60 cases have been registered during this year against the 174 cases reported in 2010 but these 60 cases are in almost 7 months of this year while there is still 5 months and more cases can be feared as well, a recently published 'Global Polio Eradication Initiative' - Pakistan Polio Journal, a weekly, in its 96th Edition has disclosed. 14% of all the cases registered worldwide in 2010 were from Pakistan while in 2011 this rate reaches 21% of...
  • 15 polio cases find out in Khyber Pukhtoon Khawa province

    04/03/2011 10:34:34 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 4 replies
    own ^ | 4 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    Peshawar 4 April 2011, Health ministry confirmed the 24 new polio cases in though out the Pakistan. According to the official report one new case registered of polio in F.R Lakki Marwat area Union council Khajoore. The case registered in area of Shadi Khel where 18 month child is affected of polio virus. It’s the first case in area. After the new case now 15 cases registered in KPK province. Health official confirmed that in Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan provinces polio registered cases are 9 and other side only in kpk 15 cases registered. Polio cases of KPK province registered...
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • Memoir of author who lived in iron lung going national

    07/23/2010 1:57:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 7-23-10 | Joe DePriest
    Folks in this small Cleveland County town still talk about the community’s most famous person – the woman in the iron lung. Polio victim Martha Mason – paralyzed from the neck down – died in 2009 after spending 61 years in an airtight tube that breathed for her. Her 2003 memoir, “Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung,” released by a small N.C. publisher, has just been reissued by a national firm with a foreword by novelist Anne Rivers Siddons, who called it a story of “hope and heroism.” Also, the community is raising money for a...
  • Team Helps to Fight Polio in Konar Province

    01/27/2009 3:47:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. j.g. James Dietle, USN
    KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2009 – An extensive vaccination drive targeting polio started earlier this month thanks to the efforts of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Konar province and government officials from the province. Gov. Sayeed Wahidi of Afghanistan’s Konar province administers the oral polio vaccine to an Afghan girl, Jan. 11, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. James Dietle  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Though polio vaccinations are common and successful in established nations, Konar’s developing health services, road quality and regional conflicts have created challenges for administering the vaccine, officials said. "The PRT...
  • Pro-Life Group Warns Doctors, Patients on Abortion-Based Polio Vaccine (Use ethical vaccine)

    07/15/2008 7:58:57 PM PDT · by Sun · 3 replies · 81+ views ^ | July 7, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A leading pro-life group that monitors the use of fetal cells from abortions in vaccinations is warning doctors and patients about a new polio vaccine. Children of God for Life is calling on both to "just say no" to the newly-licensed vaccine Pentacel made by Sanofi Pasteur. On June 26, the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the vaccine as part of the immunization schedule for children. That's despite the fact that vaccines that were not derived with the controversial fetal cells have been on the market and in use for years. "We find it...
  • Tenn. woman, 61, dies in iron lung after outage

    05/29/2008 12:02:39 PM PDT · by scan59 · 23 replies · 110+ views ^ | 5/28/2008 | WOODY BAIRD
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A woman who spent nearly 60 years of her life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio as a child died Wednesday after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing, her family said. Dianne Odell, 61, had been confined to the 7-foot-long machine since she was stricken by polio at 3 years old. Family members were unable to get an emergency generator working for the iron lung after a power failure knocked out electricity to the Odell family's residence near Jackson. Capt. Jerry Elston of the Madison County Sheriff's Department...
  • Tenn. woman who spent life in iron lung dies at 61

    05/28/2008 3:37:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies · 290+ views
    Newser ^ | May 28, 2008
    A woman who spent nearly 60 years of her life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio as a child died Wednesday after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing, her family said. Dianne Odell, 61, had been confined to the 7-foot-long machine since she was stricken by polio at 3 years old. Family members were unable to get an emergency generator working for the iron lung after a power failure knocked out electricity to the Odell family's residence near Jackson, about 80 miles northeast of Memphis, brother-in-law Will Beyer said. "We did everything...
  • Oops! Bill Clinton unveils FDR statue (with FDR sitting in a wheelchair!)

    04/10/2008 12:35:57 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 15 replies · 731+ views
    From what I know of history, I know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not like to be photgraphed sitting in his wheelchair. So when I saw this photo of Bill Clinton unveiling a statue of FDR at the San Juan, Puerto Rico Capitol Building on 4/7/08, I went to work. I contacted the FDR Library, and asked them the following qeustion: "On Monday, April 7, 2008, Bill Clinton unveiled a statue of FDR at the Capitol Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From what I recall, FDR went through great lengths and was always trying his hardest not to...
  • Freepers: Thoughts on Sundance Program and Book

    12/02/2007 4:22:45 AM PST · by LS · 11 replies · 114+ views
    Sundance Channel/"The River" | 12/2/07 | LS
    Ok, this is the first I've heard of this---maybe I just don't read "Scientific American" enough---but Sundance Channel had a "documentary" called "The Origin of AIDs." Before you flame, I know all about Sundance, which is why I'm asking for evidence and sources! The program, researching a book by Michael Hooper (a journalist, not a doctor), claims that AIDs was an accidental human creation that resulted from using chimpanzee tissue as a culture in African labs by a U.S. researcher named Koprowski who was trying to beat Sabin to an oral polio vaccing. There was a conference on Hooper's book,...
  • Officials say drug caused Nigeria polio

    10/05/2007 7:19:04 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 413+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10-5-2007 | MARIA CHENG
    LONDON - A polio outbreak in Nigeria was caused by the vaccine designed to stop it, international health officials say, leaving at least 69 children paralyzed. It is a frightening paradox in a part of the world that already distrusts western vaccines, making it even tougher to stamp out age-old diseases. The outbreak was caused by the live polio virus that is used in vaccines given orally — the preferred method in developing countries because it is cheaper and doesn't require medical training to dispense.
  • Officials say drug caused Nigeria polio

    10/05/2007 11:37:49 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 491+ views
    AP ^ | 05 Oct 2007 | MARIA CHENG
    A polio outbreak in Nigeria was caused by the vaccine designed to stop it, international health officials say, leaving at least 69 children paralyzed. It is a frightening paradox in a part of the world that already distrusts western vaccines, making it even tougher to stamp out age-old diseases. The outbreak was caused by the live polio virus that is used in vaccines given orally — the preferred method in developing countries because it is cheaper and doesn't require medical training to dispense. "This vaccine is the most effective tool we have against the virus, but it's like fighting fire...
  • Islamists Deter Vaccinations

    02/26/2007 8:32:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 265+ views
    azconservative ^ | 23 Feb 2007 | John Semmens
    In Pakistan, thousands of parents refused to allow health workers to administer polio vaccinations to their children last month, mostly due to rumors that the harmless vaccine was an American plot to sterilize innocent Muslim children. The disinformation -- spread by clerics using mosque loudspeakers -- has caused a sharp jump in polio cases in Pakistan. The scaremongering and appeals to Islam echoed a similar campaign in the Nigerian state of Kano in 2003, where the disease then spread to 12 polio-free countries over the following 18 months. Pakistan is one of just four countries where polio remains endemic. The...
  • Islamist Militants Claim Vaccines Are US Plot

    02/16/2007 7:19:21 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 650+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-17-2007 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Islamist militants claim vaccines are US plot By Isambard Wilkinson in Peshawar Last Updated: 2:10am GMT 17/02/2007 A doctor was killed by a roadside bomb in Pakistan today as Islamist militants tried to halt a polio immunisation campaign which, they say, is an American plot to sterilise Muslims. Dr. Abdul Ghani was killed and three guards wounded after he visited a mullah, or religious leader, in Salarzai, a village in Bajaur tribal region in the borderlands with Afghanistan. "It was a remote-controlled bomb," said an intelligence official in Khar, Bajaur's main town. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Dr...
  • New WHO head urges vigilance against bird flu, seeks more funds for polio fight

    01/05/2007 11:04:12 PM PST · by FYREDEUS · 6 replies · 426+ views
    CP via ^ | 04/01/2007 6:20:00 PM | Canadian Press
    (CP) - The new head of the World Health Organization took office Thursday, urging the world to remain vigilant against the threat of H5N1 avian influenza and warning that complacency endangers efforts to prepare for the next influenza pandemic. Dr. Margaret Chan also said WHO will review its polio eradication strategy with scientists, financial donors and affected countries in coming months to try to determine how to finally complete the 18-year-old campaign to drive the polio virus out of humankind worldwide. "We need to have a balanced view," Chan said of the threat that H5N1 might trigger a flu pandemic....
  • Chimp Virus Is Linked to H.I.V.

    05/25/2006 9:40:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 2,394+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    By studying chimpanzee droppings in remote African jungles, scientists reported yesterday, they have found direct evidence of a missing link between a chimpanzee virus and the one that causes human AIDS. Scientists have long suspected that chimpanzees are the source of the human AIDS pandemic because at least one subspecies carries a simian immune deficiency virus closely related to H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. But because the simian virus, known as S.I.V.cpz, was identified in chimpanzees in captivity, researchers could not be sure that the same simian virus existed among these apes in the wild. It does, the team...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/08/2006 4:53:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 707+ views ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Dinosaurs still roam the earth...with PPS

    06/29/2006 10:36:24 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 4 replies · 577+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | John Quinlan
    When dinosaurs roam the earth, these days, they often do it in wheelchairs. Just ask self-styled poliomyelitis-saurs Sherry Flansburg and Joan Bruhn, polio survivors whose increasingly weakened muscles, symptoms of Post Polio Syndrome, have forced them into wheelchairs recently, decades after contracting polio. Flansburg first heard she was a dinosaur about 20 years ago, around the time PPS began to be recognized in the medical community. "I had a very good doctor tell me that if you need something, Sherry, you let me know and we'll talk about it because you're a dinosaur, and they don't teach us how to...
  • Polio Takes Unexpected Toll in Namibia

    06/10/2006 2:40:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 373+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 10, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    A fast-moving and deadly outbreak of polio has erupted in Namibia, in southern Africa. The country had been free of polio for a decade. The outbreak is unrelated to the one that began spreading from Nigeria in 2004 through several countries in central Africa and the Arabian peninsula, and is unusual in that it is striking mostly adults, according to the World Health Organization. Most children in Namibia have been vaccinated, but most adults have not. The disease has killed 7 Namibians and paralyzed 33 more, driving panicked citizens to swarm hospitals seeking immunization. But because there was very little...
  • New Outbreak As Polio Refuses To Go Quietly

    06/07/2006 4:42:49 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 257+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-6-2006 | Linda Gedes
    New outbreak as polio refuses to go quietly 17:44 07 June 2006 news service Linda Geddes Namibia is suffering its first polio outbreak in more than a decade, setting back hopes that the disease might be eradicated from the world by the end of 2006. Three human cases of wild polio virus have been confirmed in Namibia so far, while a further 33 cases - including six deaths - are currently being investigated, say officials from the World Health Organization. The last recorded case of the disease in the country was in 1996. The Namibian outbreak is the latest...
  • This Day in History: Polio Vaccine Declared Safe and Effective

    04/12/2006 11:15:06 AM PDT · by bannie · 25 replies · 453+ views
    The Free Dictionary ^ | 12APR06 | unk
    Polio Vaccine Declared Safe and Effective (1955) Jonas Salk was the American physician who developed the polio vaccine. It was first tested on monkeys and then on patients at the D.T. Watson Home for Crippled Children. In 1952, Salk tested the vaccine on volunteering parties, including himself, his laboratory staff, his wife, and his children. In 1954, national testing began on one million children, aged 6 to 9, who became known as the Polio Pioneers. On April 12, 1955, the vaccine was declared safe and effective. How does the vaccine work?
  • Rumor, Fear and Fatigue Hinder Final Push to End Polio

    03/20/2006 3:24:03 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 413+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/20/2006 | CELIA W. DUGGER and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    BAREILLY, India — The cry went up the moment the polio vaccination team was spotted — "Hide your children!" Some families slammed doors on the two volunteers going house to house with polio drops in this teeming city's decrepit maze of lanes, saying that they feared the vaccine would sicken or sterilize their children, or simply that they were fed up with the long drive to eradicate polio. "We have a lot of other problems, and you don't care about those," shouted one woman from behind a locked door. "All you have is drops. My children get other diseases, and...

    02/15/2006 11:49:40 AM PST · by 7thson · 8 replies · 267+ views
    There was a post I saw yesterday concerning a man married to someone with polio for over 50 years. How he stayed with her constantly. Does anyone know the title or have a thread to the post? It would be most appreciated. I tried searching using polio and iron lung but could not find it. I thank you in advance for any assistance.
  • Five Cases of Polio in Amish Group Raise New Fears

    11/07/2005 8:04:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 879+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2005 | GARDINER HARRIS
    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. The story of how polio came to this dairy farming community of 24 families, with...
  • Polio discovered among Amish in Minnesota

    10/14/2005 8:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 2,802+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 14, 2005 | Martiga Lohn
    Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Four children in an Amish community in Minnesota have contracted the polio virus — the first known infections in the U.S. in five years, state health officials said yesterday. Dr. Harry Hull, the state epidemiologist, said the cases do not pose a threat to the general public because most people have been vaccinated against polio and are unlikely to have contact with Amish people. But he said he expects to find more infections within the Amish community because some of its members refuse immunizations on religious grounds. None of the children have shown any...