Usually my local paper (The In-forum) is comfortingly bland, but I've noticed that like CNN, MSNBC. FOX, and even The Weather Channel, there's a
disease of the week. I've read several blurbs from the Media Research Center and from other sources that these are merely blinders against the murder
count in Iraq.
A whooping cough epidemic is coming -- the dragon is at our door," the MeritCare pediatrician said Thursday, citing where it's already surfaced in
North Dakota. "It's been in Minot, it's been in Bismarck, it's been in Grand Forks, and it's coming."
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be severe and dangerous when caught by young children. This summer, North Dakota has
seen an outbreak of the disease, also known as pertussis.
That's why Fargo Cass Public Health is working with local clinics to track whooping cough cases and give antibiotics to anyone who has been in close
contact with victims, said Ruth Bachmeier, public health services manager.
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Tainted Gerber food, Anthrax, West Nile, and now...whooping cough. It seems as though we are not merely fighting a war against terrorism, we are
fighting a war against viruses and bacteria. Is it just me, or has there been more focus into illnesses lately? I know that the Western Culture is
very health conscious. My father pointed out to me once that the pharmaceutical aisles at the grocery store are just about twice as long as the cereal
aisle. But this was pre-911. I was a sickly child, and that never made headlines. . .
I know that this is a small town, but I moved here from Washington, DC. Reading the Post was forbidden in my home, but I'd peek at it from time to
time, and it was the same way, only with a full-page spread! Sadly, though, the body count overseas gets a small, one-paragraph article.
Lately I've been analyzing USSR propaganda from the 60's, and have been researching various North Korean images, videos, and websites. I hate to
stand on a soapbox, but the news and our culture are starting to resemble theirs. I can go on for days about this subject, so I'll save more for
later. Thanks for reading.
[edit on 30-7-2004 by dotgov101]