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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:16 PM
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Chagas, Dengue, Toxacara - Common In Developing World - Now Spreading Among Poor Americans - WSJ
arasitic infections and other diseases usually associated with the developing world are cropping up with alarming frequency among U.S. poor, especially in states along the U.S.-Mexico border, the rural South and in Appalachia, according to researchers.

Government and private researchers are just beginning to assess the toll of the infections, which are a significant cause of heart disease, seizures and congenital birth defects among black and Hispanic populations.

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The insect-borne diseases -- among them, Chagas and dengue fever -- thrive in shanty towns along the Mexican border, where many homes have no window screens and where poor drainage allows standing puddles for bugs to breed. Outbreaks of a bacterial infection transmitted in rat urine have cropped up among the urban poor in Baltimore and Detroit.

Such parasites as toxocara -- shed in animal feces -- thrive in the soil and sandpits where poor children often play. There are an estimated 10,000 toxocara infections a year in the U.S. Symptoms include wheezing, fever and retinal scarring severe enough to blind. These diseases share a common thread. "People who live in the suburbs are at very low risk," Dr. Hotez said. But for the 37 million people in the U.S. who live below the poverty line, he said, "There is real suffering."

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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:45 AM
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1. The GOP dream of a permanent underclass is going to work out swell in this regard.
Hope their gated communities include mosquito netting.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:14 PM
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2. Toxacara and Toxascaris - they are what happens when you say
to yourself, in denial of reality, that "My dog don't need to go to the vet, he's fine". Same for cats. Roundworms are SO easily treated in pets. We have had safe, effective drugs for DECADES. But we can't force people to listen to us, or even come to us.
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wildflower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:11 PM
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3. We need to help conservatives understand
That poverty and lack of health care are things that affect all of us. This is one example. Wouldn't they rather poor people be treated so that diseases don't spread?
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 07:59 AM
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4. just a little more scary shit to worry about . . .
the amount of scary shit to worry about is fast approaching the size of that plastic island floating in the Pacific . . . which, btw, is yet another piece of scary shit to worry about . . .
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