Thursday, November 18, 2010

Haitian cholera: opening soon in theaters near you... not

Haitian Venus
A Collier County woman is Florida's first documented case of cholera imported from Haiti. The woman, who lives in southwest Florida, had been visiting family in the region of the earthquake-devastated nation that is at the center of its cholera epidemic.(...)"We really don't anticipate that we will see any sustained transmission caused by Haiti in Florida or anywhere else in the United States," Torok said. "The risk is so low because our water and sanitation systems really minimize the risk to folks." The cholera outbreak in Haiti, officially reported in late October, has claimed more than 1,000 lives, according to the World Health Organization. St. Petersburg Times
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What is most obscene about the cholera outbreak in Haiti is that the woman lying naked and close to death on the pavement in the photo above, is only a short distance from the USA and that the highly contagious disease, one that is killing her and hundreds more like her, is not considered a major health risk in the USA, where a case has already been reported, because, "our water and sanitation systems really minimize the danger to folks".

I invite my readers to roll all that around in their minds for a while and consider the implications.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?  And he [God] said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. -- Genesis 4: 9-10

Religion in the United States has a high adherence level, compared to other developed countries, and diversity in beliefs. Wikipedia
Go figure. DS


Anonymous said...

I think the real religion in America is Randian cruelty combined with self-pity. I don't intend this as insult to serious Christians (I'm sure there are a few) but most Americans worry more about getting cooties from blacks than anything related to a stray attack of conscience.

If health care is a privilege, then why not clean water and sanitation? Really, we're already there. We just need the Heritage Foundation to write up the requisite policy papers and let Limbaugh rip the Dems for wanting to spend "producers" money on the undeserving.

bailey said...

No, you're right, cannot roll or wrap this around my mind, all too much, instead it meanders to Bill Bryson's chilling account of England, specifically Leeds, circa 1830 when the streets were full of sewage, which winds back to how much more sanitary were the American Native Indians than the Europeans back then...such are the cycles of our civilizations....obscene, indeed.