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Last fall there was the huge "polio outbreak" scare in central MN w/the Amish community there. Whatever became of that?
 

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Here's some misc. posts about it:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=4651052&highlight=polio+minn%2A#post4651052" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...2A#post4651052</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=4535134&highlight=polio+minn%2A#post4535134" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...2A#post4535134</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=4076394&highlight=polio+minn%2A#post4076394" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...2A#post4076394</a>
 

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I read the links that you provided. I am aware that no one was actually sick in MN from the "polio." I guess what I'm getting at is that the media sure played it up when in fact there was nothing there, yk? I live in SE MN and the Amish here were all vax'ing their dc in the privacy of their homes when the 'ol public health nurse came a knockin'.<br><br>
Now what? They made a few bucks vax'ing people who got scared. And why don't we hear about the few "cases" anymore?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> Is that a rhetorical question?
 

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What do you mean by that?
 

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I'm sorry for the sarcastic post. I was a little bubble-headed yesterday (have a raging sinus headache w/ a cold today, so now I know why I was so flighty yesterday.)<br><br>
Like you, I heard a lot of hullabaloo about the "outbreak" when it was discovered. Usually, it was yet another news report with the exact same sketchy information. I even got it regurgitated by a nurse practitioner at the clinic my family goes to that is normally fairly accepting (and even encouraging, some of the docs who have spoken publically about the dangers practice or have practiced there) of not vaccinating. She was using it as a reason to vax. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> I started contradicting her and telling her that the strain was <i>found</i>, but that no one was actually sick from it, then I just cut myself off half way through and said, "Sorry, this isn't up for discussion and certainly not right now. My son is ill and I wouldn't give him any vaccine in this condition." I had brought him in thinking he had measles.<br><br>
So, back to your questions...no, I haven't heard anything since then and I don't think anyone else has either. My opinion (note <i>opinion</i>) is that it was (1) easy news to report and took no thinking on the part of the reporter who probably didn't live in Minnesota anyhow so they could do their work from LA or Atlanta or wherever; (2) didn't lead to an epidemic so there was nothing to continue reporting about; and (3) the kids weren't actually sick with polio, so there's no more drama about the poor, unvaccinated children. Oh, yeah, and (4) it served its purpose of keeping our fear level pumped and our minds diverted from important stuff like whether or not we'll have jobs and homes in a year or so. I think it must have been a slow news period and there wasn't enough about terrorism, nuclear weapons in Iran, and bird flu to fill the snooze pages.<br><br>
But, I'm really, really cynical.<br><br>
I also hope that if anyone knows anything further about it (like, was this reported more fully in a medical journal?), they will post. Tracy? sweetbaby3? Gitti? Momtezeuma Tuatara? LongIsland? The other Usual Suspects?
 

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If I remember right, the amish child contractd polio while at a hospital, and it was actually the strain that was in the OPV. A few of the other children (unaffected) also tested positive for polio, and a few of the amish families did vax their children as a result, but I don't believe it was all of them. Let me go try to dig something up.<br>
"The infections occurred in three children from one family and in an infant from an unrelated family with whom they had direct contact. The source of the infection may have been a fifth person who recently received an oral form of the vaccine containing live attenuated virus. The viral strain isolated in the infections appears to be a variant of a strain used in oral vaccines overseas, the health authorities said. "<br><br>
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"The last case of wild (naturally occurring) polio in the U.S. was reported in 1979. The CDC reports that wild-type polio infections are considered to have been eradicated from the Western Hemisphere.<br><br><br>
None of the infected children has shown signs of paralytic polio, which occurs in about one in 200 infections, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). "<br><br>
From: <a href="http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/PublicHealth/tb/1935" target="_blank">http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHe...Health/tb/1935</a> and of coiurse, this news report is skewed to be pro vax, even though the "outbreak" was a RESULT of vaxes. *sigh*<br><br>
here's another quote I just found:<br>
"The outbreak was discovered by chance on Sept. 29 after the first child -- a 7-month-old infant with a severe immune deficiency disease -- was tested for another problem in August. Thursday's announcement reveals that the microbe is circulating among healthy children in the isolated community, which has about 200 people in 24 families. "<br><br>
so the original one to contract it, in the hospital, has a severe immune deficiency disease.<br><br>
from <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/10/14/MNGNUF8DCO1.DTL" target="_blank">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...NGNUF8DCO1.DTL</a><br><br>
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<a href="http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/polio/poliomn.html" target="_blank">http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/i...o/poliomn.html</a>
 

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Absolutely nothing.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I live in an Amish community about 5-6 hours where the "cases" were detected. We had our county public health nurse going door to door to the Amish homes here. The Amish children were being vax'ed in large numbers here to avoid catching the "polio" from the central MN Amish. Our Amish go back and forth a lot w/these Amish so they were quite scared.<br><br>
But, yeah...absolutely nothing happened. Good thing they created such a hoop la over it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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