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Wednesday, November 09, 2005 

More info on (and more cases of) polio in Minnesota

Yesterday's NY Times carried an article discussing the polio cases in an Amish settlement in Minnesota: 5 Cases of Polio in Amish Group Raise New Fears. I'd blogged about this previously (here and here). The article discusses more about the 8-month-old child who seems to be serving as a "polio Mary." She has an immune system deficiency, and doesn't seem to be clearing the virus. To date, there have been 5 cases in the Amish community there, and it's still uncertain how the child contracted the virus. Notes an official:
"If that child is a message in a bottle," said Bruce Aylward, coordinator of the global polio eradication initiative at the World Health Organization, "it has just washed up on shore."

The child is in isolation at an undisclosed hospital...hopefully this will allow the transmission to cease within the community. In a piece of good news, the article does mention that the polio outbreak caused at least one famer get his kids vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps and rubella, and said several others have done the same. It's a start, at least.


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  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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