Just a bit of commentary about nothing in particular.
It's the first confirmed case in L.A. since 1984, but 10-20 Americans contract it each year.
Still, isn't it weird that they're making such a big deal about it?
Definitely, especially since it's treatable and is not a single, random occurence in the U.S. like they're making it sound. I think the outbreak of Mumps in the Midwest is stranger, particularly considering we're supposedly immunized to that particular disease.
There's bird flu, and smallpox, and West Nile -- Oh My! -- and a salmagundi of other diseases that kill a handful of Americans each year, yet the news outlets run stories that make you think you have a 50% chance of dying every time you venture outside.Meanwhile, things that really do kill people -- like cancer and heart disease -- get virtually no press.
And FYI, Slate ran an article today on the mumps outbreak.
Guess diseases are ranked according to dramatic impact. Which makes the announcement of a case of bubonic plague in L.A. particularly apt. I can see the movie already.
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