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Polio Vaccinators Face Deadly Risks In Pakistan


World  (tags: Pakistan, polio, health care, healthcare workers, violence, politics, death, children )

Carrie
- 427 days ago - popsci.com
Here's another twist on "vaccine safety." Over the past year, Pakistani villagers have been shooting healthcare workers that came to give them the polio vaccine. In regions where polio is endemic, anti-vaccination views are tied to politics.



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Dave C. (214)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:45 pm
especially sad when you realize we were very close to eradicating polio and now have taken a step backwards this year.....in Somalia......
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:49 pm
Sad.
 

Monica T. (294)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:20 pm
I can't believe what I just read... This paranoid thinking of the country's leaders may cost them the lives of their future generations...
Thanks, Carrie..
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:50 pm

The only way to fight stupidity is education. By the time those despots are educated more children will die.

The average rate transmission of flu from one person is one. One sick person will infect approximately one other person. For Polio that number increases to six. Poor sanitation resulting in poor hygiene can even increase that number. This is just a horrible situation and one that needs correcting.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:59 pm
Polio was greatly feared when I was growing up,

A girl in my school class died of Polio.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:07 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:45 am
Noted with sadness.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:27 pm
done
 

Patricia Martin (19)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:58 pm

....."or that they could be part of a plot to sterilize Muslims...."

This is yet another example of when antisemitism is both stupid and deadly. Before drones strikes and the search for Bin Laden had taken place, there was already resistance to polio (specifically) vaccines. Why? Because both types of polio vaccines were discovered/created by two Jewish researchers: Jonas Salk and Albert Bruce Sabin.

So to the uneducated Muslim mind, it must be a Jewish plot to sterilize Muslims. Therefore, it is better to risk Muslim children to get polio than to be sterilized in an evil Jewish plot. And these children will end up paying for their parents' antisemitic prejudices.

 

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 2:34 pm

Consanguinity/inbreeding at high levels in Pakistan, resulting in low I.Q.s and many genetic diseases (and Darwinism at work), and the kids suffer.

Pakistanis are also often at the bottom of their class levels and represent high percentages of prison inmates in Europe.
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:24 pm
Again, noted with sadness.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 3:41 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 11:14 am
It's sad when politics interferes with humanitarian efforts especially when it comes to helping children. Thanks Carrie.
 
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