Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk

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A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say.

Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.

In North Waziristan, a region near the Afghan border that has been cordoned off by the Taliban, dozens of children, many under the age of two, have been crippled by the viral disease in the past six months.

And there is evidence in tests conducted on sewage samples in some of the country's major cities that the polio virus is starting to spread beyond these isolated pockets and could soon spark fresh polio outbreaks in more densely populated areas.

 

Written By: Kate Kelland
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  1. Let me just be the first to say that the Taliban are a bunch of fucking idiots! I wonder if this ban on vaccines has even been enforced throughout their ranks on the families of Taliban members? I am so sick of this crap and it pushes my patience to its max limit. We should be so close to eradicating this horrible disease and yet because of Taliban acting like a bunch of douchebags we are now seeing a rise in polio cases. The worst part of all this is that it brings unnecessary suffering to those poor children in Pakistan and quite frankly puts so many people in harms way that I have zero tolerance for groups like the Taliban. Fuck them!

    • In reply to #1 by Mormon Atheist:

      Let me just be the first to say that the Taliban are a bunch of fucking idiots! I wonder if this ban on vaccines has even been enforced throughout their ranks on the families of Taliban members? I am so sick of this crap and it pushes my patience to its max limit. We should be so close to eradicating this horrible disease and yet because of Taliban acting like a bunch of douchebags we are now seeing a rise in polio cases.

      Not only the Taliban:

      “How the CIA’s Fake Vaccination Campaign Endangers Us All

      The U.S. was wrong to use health workers to target Osama bin Laden

      In its zeal to identify bin Laden or his family, the CIA used a sham hepatitis B vaccination project to collect DNA in the neighborhood where he was hiding. The effort apparently failed, but the violation of trust threatens to set back global public health efforts by decades.”

      • In reply to #5 by godsbuster:

        In reply to #1 by Mormon Atheist:

        Let me just be the first to say that the Taliban are a bunch of fucking idiots! I wonder if this ban on vaccines has even been enforced throughout their ranks on the families of Taliban members? I am so sick of this crap and it pushes my patience to its max limit….

        I agree with you that we are at fault as well by using a fake vaccination campaign and other things to cause distrust. However, the truth is they aren’t hurting any Americans by doing this, they are hurting their own population. And frankly a fake vaccination campaign is still no reason to do what they are doing and hurting innocent kids.

        • In reply to #6 by Mormon Atheist:

          In reply to #5 by godsbuster:

          In reply to #1 by Mormon Atheist:

          However, the truth is they aren’t hurting any Americans by doing this, they are hurting their own population.

          Nowadays we have airplanes distributing diseases fresh daily all over the planet. If you want to eradicate a disease (e.g. smallpox) you have to eliminate it everywhere.

          Why did the CIA not use penis enlargement or breast augmentation shots for a penny under the banner of some unknown organisation? What they did was really short sighted. Perhaps they figured they would never be caught. At the very least they should have given real shots too.

        • The mistrust engendered by the fake vaccination campaign is just another excuse to slaughter and control. Next month they’ll use another excuse. Slaughter and control is the prime directive. The excuses for such vary.In reply to #6 by Mormon Atheist:

          In reply to #5 by godsbuster:

          In reply to #1 by Mormon Atheist:

          Let me just be the first to say that the Taliban are a bunch of fucking idiots! I wonder if this ban on vaccines has even been enforced throughout their ranks on the families of Taliban members? I am so sick of this crap and it pushes…

    • You’re projecting your reasoning ability onto superstitious, violent primates with very little reasoning ability. Evidence? Seriously? They have AK47′s. They don’t need evidence.In reply to #2 by Roedy:

      The Taliban are nuts. If vaccines cause sterility, where is the evidence? If these vaccines cause sterility, why do the white infidels give them to themselves?

  2. In reply to #3 by Smill:

    In reply to Roedy, post 2. Is race relevant to ‘infidel’?

    I think Taliban ire is directed primarily at white infidels. They have a valid gripe. Americans (and friends) invaded and occupied their country. The Taliban did nothing to the Americans or to any of the other invaders. In the Mouse that Roared, it suggested getting attacked by Americans was the royal road to riches. However, Afghanistan is now the poorest country in the world.

    • Afghanistan was always one of the poorest countries in the world! nothing has changed in that regard..at least the girls are allowed to go to school now! and that is not true about the Taliban doing nothing..they harboured the dude responsible for 9/11. 9/11 not only was an act of war it changed the world forever..and not in a good way. In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      In reply to #3 by Smill:

      In reply to Roedy, post 2. Is race relevant to ‘infidel’?

      I think Taliban ire is directed primarily at white infidels. They have a valid gripe. Americans (and friends) invaded and occupied their country. The Taliban did nothing to the Americans or to any of the other in…

      • In reply to #8 by glassdoll:

        harboured the dude responsible for 9/11. 9/11 not only was an act of war it changed th…

        First of all, nobody has every presented any evidence bin Laden did it. Bush just announced that hours after saying they had no clue who was responsible. There is far more evidence out there Bush was involved than bin Laden. The chief of German intelligence said it was utterly impossible bin Laden could have done it. Note the USA carefully avoided a public trial.

        Bin laden was in Pakinstan. The USA had no extradition treaty with the USA. The USA demanded Afghanistan capture him, even though they could not do so in a decade. Without a treaty, it would have been ILLEGAL to capture and hand over bin Laden. The USA is not permitted to invade Colombia or Mexico to nail a drug lord even if they have an extradition treaty. Besides, even after bin Laden was assassinated, the occupation continues. bin Laden was just an excuse for the war. The real reasons involve a pipeline route and lithium.u

    • About as relevant as it is to “Muslim”. In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      In reply to #3 by Smill:

      In reply to Roedy, post 2. Is race relevant to ‘infidel’?

      I think Taliban ire is directed primarily at white infidels. They have a valid gripe. Americans (and friends) invaded and occupied their country. The Taliban did nothing to the Americans or to any of the other in…

  3. In reply to #9 by Roedy:

    In reply to #8 by glassdoll:

    harboured the dude responsible for 9/11. 9/11 not only was an act of war it changed th…

    First of all, nobody has every presented any evidence bin Laden did it. Bush just announced that hours after saying they had no clue who was responsible. There is far more evidence out there Bush was involved than bin Laden…

    Sorry, man, is this some subtle bit of satire or are you actually saying you think the Bush administration mark II was responsible for 9/11?

    • In reply to #10 by Katy Cordeth:

      In reply to #9 by Roedy:

      It’s all part of that Zionist and Bilderberg conspiracy thing typically communicated to us mortals by either Big Foot or Nostradamus, sometimes both.> In reply to #8 by glassdoll:

      harboured the dude responsible for 9/11. 9/11 not only was an act of war it changed th…

      First of all, nobody has every presented any evidence bin Laden did it. Bush just announced that hours after saying they had no clue who was responsible…

  4. This is an example of the poisoned minds of the Talebanals.
    What amazes me is that Musloids do not accept the unequivocal evidence of science based medicine !
    The Taleban would provide some superb material for the rebirth of “Spitting Image” black comedy!

  5. This is probably rooted in a deep mistrust of the west as much as the appalling judgement arising in a fundamentalist mind. It may also be a political ploy to drive a wedge between the populace and the encroaching western influence.

  6. They should really put something in their water supply or virus in the air that would really sterilize them. That way we can stop the suffering of innocent children and in the long run we could also get rid of Taliban without any war. Such monkeys do not deserve to have innocent children in their hands.

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