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World Health Organization is on high alert about new Ugandan outbreak, cause is not fully known

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RE: A tad insensitive, don't you think?
By Iaiken on 3/21/2012 9:57:41 AM , Rating: 4
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violent behavior


Define violent behaviour please Jason.

From what I have read, only an estimated 10-15% of victims have ever behave violently towards other people. In all of the other articles on the web and in print that I have including CDC documentation, the word "violent" is use exclusively as an adjective to describe the nature of the convulsions that the victims experience.

Your use of language creates the perception that these children are commonly committing mindlessly violence towards other people and that they should be feared when that simply is not the case. In the overwhelming majority of cases they simply stop responding to other people, even if directly interfered with. The only zombie-like characteristics are their continuous aimless wandering and complete ignorance of the physical harm inflicted upon themselves from repeated falls or from dragging themselves across the ground.

Seriously man, do your reading if you are going to write.


By Natfly on 3/21/2012 11:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
Your comment made me go read the CNN article. I wish I would have read it first, it gives a completely different understanding of the conditions. What a sad, seizure inducing, and brain degenerating disease.


RE: A tad insensitive, don't you think?
By JasonMick on 3/22/2012 3:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
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From what I have read, only an estimated 10-15% of victims have ever behave violently towards other people. In all of the other articles on the web and in print that I have including CDC documentation, the word "violent" is use exclusively as an adjective to describe the nature of the convulsions that the victims experience.

Your comment fails to note that the children are also setting fires, killing numerous people in the process.

Again, if you read the Ugandan statistics, ~4,000+ children have been affected, with the most severe cases likely being less that 1,000. Meanwhile 200+ adults have been killed.

This means that for every 20 of these children, approximately one adult has been directly killed by them.

This may not be movie horror zombiefication, but I would still say that's pretty serious.

Even if a symptom only shows up 10-15 percent of the time if it creates extreme chaos it is often prominently noted.

For example, if a drug had a 10-15 percent risk of killing you, news headlines would likely read "Drug xxxx found to be deadly", even though statistically there is a smaller chance of it being deadly.

It is certainly tragic, and I do agree with you that it is fortunate that the violent symptoms have a lower occurrence, hence keeping the secondary adult death toll low.


By CometFix on 3/22/2012 12:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
For the record, the words Zombie and Retarded were words with meanings before they were ever recognized as Politically correct or not.

Zombification being a state brought on to living people via some disease or illness. If you brought any Hollywood images to mind when hearing the word then that's on you.

Example - The children under the effects of the disease acted like "zombies".

Retarded is a word that describes anyTHING that is or has been retarded from doing something. It's not just a derogatory word used to describe only handicapped children. Again, if you thought that... that's on you.

Example - The car's turning capabilities were "retarded" without power-steering fluid.


RE: A tad insensitive, don't you think?
By Iaiken on 3/22/2012 2:40:53 PM , Rating: 2
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Your comment fails to note that the children are also setting fires, killing numerous people in the process.


No, I included that in my line of thinking, but there are no actual proven documented cases of the child being the one to have set the fire deliberately. The only documented cases of fire with regards to children is of them falling into cooking fires or bumping into oil lamps and knocking them over over and getting seriously burned.

You're projecting a knowledge and value structure onto these that they simply don't share. Some of these remote towns still have shaman/witch-doctors and strongly believe in magic and mysticism. In several other cases it is suspected by the local authorities that other villagers burned the houses down with family inside because they thought the children and their mother were cursed.

These children routinely wander off and die of exposure and drown themselves, some have even died from catastrophic head injuries sustained from falling on rocks, they don't even try to catch themselves by putting their hands out. In one documented case, a child fell face first into a cooking fire and was killed while medical staff were visiting, the child didn't even try to escape the fire and the parents had to pull them out.

I'm sorry, but I think we're just going to have to disagree here.


By Iaiken on 3/22/2012 2:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
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onto these people that they simply don't share


Sorry, missing word.


RE: A tad insensitive, don't you think?
By arztmat on 3/24/2012 9:33:24 AM , Rating: 2
Jason please give us verifiable and credible sources, i.e sources at the source, that talk about pyromania in these children.

If you cannot, then please refrain from sensationalizing what may be a serious problem for some of us.


By arztmat on 3/25/2012 4:29:17 AM , Rating: 2
ps. Where is the requisite fly-encrusted face?


By concern4kids on 3/26/2012 1:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me for pointing this out, but did I not read something which said VIOLENT SEIZURES? That could mean several things, could it not?

Are you all daft? We have a serious problem and you bicker about semantics as if you are superior by birth or something. Go down there and volunteer so you can earn a right to your arrogant attitudes please. I doubt you will come back with them.


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