3 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Sophie-

Reader comment on item: A Conspiracy Theory Spreads Polio
in response to reader comment: Yemeni 5th anti-polio campaign launched.

Submitted by steve (United States), May 7, 2006 at 12:33

Sophie, please do me a favor and open a book. Polio is not a highly infectious disease. It's spread by fecal-oral transmission. So do yourself a favor and make sure you wash your hands. Most people that become infected do not even know that they have it due the belief (like your own) that they will become instantly paralyzed. The incubation period is usually 6-20 days and individuals can go for some time without developing any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms are similar to the cold and flu. Less then 1% of those that contract polio develop the more well-known symptoms of paralysis, usually in the legs. Endemic countries include those in West and Central Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and Southeast Asia. I doubt that you'll be going there, especially with your views about the Islamic world.

In response to your other comment - I'm not Muslim, but I have studied Islam as well as many other religions. ...

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Sophie- by steve

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)