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Old 06-24-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Ah, the heck with all of those underachievers. They deserve it.
(I just hope the dengue fever won't hit our neighborhoods.)

Diseases caused by worms and parasites are draining the health and energy of the poorest Americans, an expert said on Tuesday.

And diseases associated with the developing world, such as dengue fever and Chagas disease, may become a bigger problem for the United States as the climate changes, said Dr. Peter Hotez of George Washington University and the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington.



Expert says worms and parasites drain U.S. poor - Yahoo! News (broken link)
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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"Fall, mountains, just don't fall on me."
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:40 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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That's just what the chronic poor need, more excuses to explain why they aren't able to succeed in life. Geesh.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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That's just what the chronic poor need, more excuses to explain why they aren't able to succeed in life. Geesh.
Exactly! If they don't do well on a test or perform poorly in a job interview....why now they can just blame it on the parastic worms eating them alive from the inside out.

Scoundrels!!
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:11 PM
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Ah yes, the poor. They deserve everything they get, those freeloaders.

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Old 06-24-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Sitting on a bar stool. Guinness in hand.
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Well from what I'm getting from a Microbiology class that I recently took, I would be as concerned about the pesky parasites ruining everything. But I would sweat the fact that more and more antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. Basically Microorganisms are adapting and change to our current medication and becoming resistant to them. MRSA and Multi-Resistant TB. are examples of emergent infectious diseases that we are having a tough time treating. And we (the world) are just not keeping pace with the mutations of the microbes. So really in the end the poor (especially city poor that live in close proximity of each other) will probably seeing there life spans reduced in the coming years as more and more microbes become resistant. So I would worry about supporting these people in long run if the rate of bacterial mutations keep at the rate it has for the past couple of years.

P.S. the change in climate (if it does happen) will be a contributing factor to the rise in the diseases, but not the main reason. Not by a long shot.

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Old 06-25-2008, 04:53 AM
 
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That's just what the chronic poor need, more excuses to explain why they aren't able to succeed in life. Geesh.
"If they're going to die, then they'd better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
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