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Developing World's Parasites, Disease Hit U.S.

Researchers Say Infections Spread by Bug Bites, Larvae Are Flourishing Along Border and in Other Pockets of Poverty

By STEPHANIE SIMON and BETSY MCKAY

Parasitic 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.

One obstacle is that the diseases, long thought to be an overseas problem, are only briefly discussed in most U.S. medical school classes and textbooks, so many physicians don't recognize them.

Some of the infections are transmitted by bug bites and some by animal feces contaminated with parasite larvae; still others are viral. All spread in conditions of overcrowding, malnutrition, poor sanitation and close contact with animals receiving little veterinary care.

"These are diseases that we know are ten-fold more important than swine flu," said Peter Hotez, a microbiologist at George Washington University and leading researcher in this field. "They're on no one's radar."

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............................

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125090339313750961.html

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No surprise there - third world health care standards will result in third world disease patterns. The GOP should really embrace those bugs. After all, they're feeding them.

I think ignorance and an insistence on keeping a gradient-like division intact fuel that colony just as much. Bugs have a tenacity to seek greener pastures.

Wishing you ten-fold that which you wish upon all others.

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Thing had the skull attached - so they could eat the hot brains right out of it :dead:

Apparently its a delicacy of some sort.

The thing in the pan looked exceptionally nasty though - like cooking someone's cat :dead:

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Thing had the skull attached - so they could eat the hot brains right out of it :dead:

Apparently its a delicacy of some sort.

The thing in the pan looked exceptionally nasty though - like cooking someone's cat :dead:

Savages.

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dog is actually quite good, and brains out of a skull is best done alive, with smaller monkeys. in china you usually have to know a restaraunt owner and order such a dish a week or so in advance. on the appointed day, the monk is strapped under the table in a private room and sides are added to the base to reduce the chance of it scratching the diners.

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Thing had the skull attached - so they could eat the hot brains right out of it :dead:

Apparently its a delicacy of some sort.

The thing in the pan looked exceptionally nasty though - like cooking someone's cat :dead:

That was a Squirrel.

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