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Old 05-14-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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You get it. I never in my wildest dreams thought that West Nile would be in our area, but it nearly killed all of our crows and blue jays. They are still a rare sight some ten years later.
Not in my part of Chicagoland thank goodness. The crows and bluejays have returned en masse, and I have seen them at times in arguably more urban parts of Chicago too. I don't believe either one is on the endangered list either. See here:

Species Assessment Summary and Watch List : State of North America's Birds 2016
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I think you're right, I don't think one would need a test to confirm if you'd had smallpox at some point in your life. It would be the memorable "time I almost died" event.
Yep, had to be Chicken Pox rather than Smallpox.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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We didn't "contain" anything. We got lucky. Very, very lucky.
My friends were flying back, connecting through Paris, from volunteering a few miles from the Ebola outbreak area when the news broke. I told them the next morning when I saw them in church.

We were all very lucky.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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We should not expect the federal government to take the same level of action that it did a few years ago during the large outbreak in West Africa.

As Ebola reemerges in central Africa, Team Trump appears unprepared | MSNBC
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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It's not. Stopped in 1972 Adding, those of us born before then have the vaccine scar.
Yes we do.

And I know which childhood diseases I had, as well. IMO this should be basic knowledge about oneself that each of us should know.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Yep, had to be Chicken Pox rather than Smallpox.
Good point.

And never having had chicken pox, poster will not be vulnerable to shingles. Lucky!
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Good point.

And never having had chicken pox, poster will not be vulnerable to shingles. Lucky!
Except the vaccine virus can cause shingles, though it tends to be milder with less risk of PHN. That risk is outweighed by the risk of getting chickenpox as an adult, particularly a woman perhaps getting it during pregnancy.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Except the vaccine virus can cause shingles, though it tends to be milder with less risk of PHN. That risk is outweighed by the risk of getting chickenpox as an adult, particularly a woman perhaps getting it during pregnancy.
Such a strange thing, my kid had the chicken pox vaccines and did get shingles in about 3rd grade. Not terribly painful like what happens to adults. She had shingles on one side of her back, had to stay home from school, and then had a couple of suspicious spots on the other side. Pediatrician said to treat it like chicken pox and keep her home. I'm not sure exactly what happened. But yes, CP as an adult is horrific. My mother caught it from my brother and I. She was in the ICU for 6 weeks with pneumonia and meningitis. They didn't think think she would make it. She was given experimental antivirals, was part of a study.
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