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Posted: 10/13/2005 11:58:43 PM EDT
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9689096/

Polio cases in Minnesota


KTTC-TV
Health officials say 3 more cases of polio infection have been confirmed in Minnesota Amish community. Health officials say 3 more cases of polio infection have been confirmed in minnesota amish community.

The infection has been found in 3 amish children in central Minnesota health investigators say they expect to find more throughout the Amish community, where immunizations are less common because of religious beliefs.

Polio is considered to be eradicated in the western hemisphere, with most children receiving a vaccine against the disease, but none of the children had been immunized.

So far, none of the children are showing symptoms of paralysis that polio can cause and health officials say the general public is not at risk if they have been vaccinated against polio.

Minnesota health officials say these three cases weren't contracted naturally.

They believe the children got the virus from someone that was given a live vaccine, no longer used in the United States.

Diane Mancernach from the Minnesota Commissioner of Health says "People who are immunized in Minnesota, and we have a very high immunization rate in the state of Minnesota, the general population is not at risk."

Although they believe the risk is low, state health officials are urging people who haven't had a polio vaccine to get one now.

Link Posted: 10/14/2005 12:07:06 AM EDT
[#1]

They believe the children got the virus from someone that was given a live vaccine, no longer used in the United States.


Gee.......it sounds like they have NO CLUE what country it came from..........
except in this other article they state that they traced it to the country of origin
but, for some reason they don't name the country...........for the children no doubt

abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=1211308&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 12:55:23 AM EDT
[#2]

Quoted:

They believe the children got the virus from someone that was given a live vaccine, no longer used in the United States.


Gee.......it sounds like they have NO CLUE what country it came from..........
except in this other article they state that they traced it to the country of origin
but, for some reason they don't name the country...........for the children no doubt

abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=1211308&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312





The last naturally occurring case of polio in the United States was in 1979, and health officials consider the disease eliminated in the Western Hemisphere. It persists in other parts of the world, with the vast majority of cases concentrated in India, Nigeria and Pakistan, according to the World Health Organization.



Probably someone coming to the USA from Canada (by travel patterns, someone from the other side of the world is most likely to come thru Canada, due to Commonwealth travel rules)... Also, the live vaccine is more likely to be used over where polio is still a natural threat, I'd think...

Link Posted: 10/14/2005 2:17:50 AM EDT
[#3]
Nigeria and Indonesia have had cases recently, due to refusals to vaccinate (vaccines are a "Crusader plot" to eradicate Muslims, you see).  I think the latest mess was in Indonesia a few months ago.

Also, I've read that immunity due to vaccination seems to wear off as you get older, so it can be a risk for adults even if they've been vaccinated.  Not as much, not as bad, but still a risk.

Be careful up there.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 3:13:43 AM EDT
[#4]
Read the article, it was caused by a BAD vaccine. Not by someone who wasn't vaccinated.....
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 3:17:19 AM EDT
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Quoted:
Read the article, it was caused by a BAD vaccine. Not by someone who wasn't vaccinated.....



Read it again then! They also aren't sure, the live vaccine part is just an educated guess.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 3:19:33 AM EDT
[#6]
Nothing is for sure in medicine, that is why they say doctors PRACTICE medicine.
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