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Queanbeyan is poxy! Close the border!

By johnboy - 12 May 2006 20

The ABC, via Yahoo, is reporting an outbreak of chickenpox in Queanbeyan.

Sounds serious!

Actually they’ve got a whole two cases and you wonder why it’s news. But any excuse to put the boot into Queanbeyan to gain a vicarious sense of superiority must be taken.

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20 Responses to
Queanbeyan is poxy! Close the border!
BattleKath 2:42 pm 12 May 06

So what happens if you get chickenpox as an adult then?


Absent Diane 2:17 pm 12 May 06

dirt capsules… unbelievable…

aahh the mumps… that sounds more like it…

RandomGit 2:09 pm 12 May 06

Absent Diane, thats mumps actually, a swelling of the glands.

emd 2:05 pm 12 May 06

Well, it is true that chicken pox can cause a nasty fever leading to meningitis in small children – which is why 7 people die each year from chicken pox complications. But because 75% of Australians have had chicken pox, you can reduce a baby’s risk just by breastfeeding (assuming the mother has immunity) instead of using formula. So the kid doesn’t get it til their internal thermostat is in a better position to cope with the fever.

Thumper 1:39 pm 12 May 06

A dirt capsule?


WHat about, go outside and play son. Climb a tree, sit on the fence, catch frogs and taddies in a dirty swampy dam, chase goannas up trees, wrestle angry bandicoots…

Bloody hell…

Mr_Shab 1:31 pm 12 May 06

You’ll go blind like that Ari.

And AD – I saw something that made me laugh, then cry the other day. Apparently one of the major drug companies is releasing a “dirt capsule” loaded with natural pathogens (live bacteria, fungi and viruses) for new parents to give kiddies to stimulate their immune systems. They say it is likely to be highly profitable.

Umm…(insert observation here)

I really hope it was a hoax.

And yes, Ebola (and it’s lesser known, but equally unpleasant cousin Marburg) virus is quite fascinating (but exceptionally nasty).

Ari 12:41 pm 12 May 06

Perhaps it depends how hard you choke the chicken.

Absent Diane 12:36 pm 12 May 06

Well a lot of research is suggesting that the fact that so many people are over bearingly clean that our children are not getting access to enough germs to naturally immunise them against various illnesses. Diabetes (sp?) increase is one of their major areas of research..

Ebola virus fascinates me…..

Back On topic… isn’t chickenpx dangerous for adults to contract… correct me if I am wrong but can’t it render someone sterile…

atnasS 12:18 pm 12 May 06

utter wank. why cant it be Ebola or something fun.

Mr_Shab 11:28 am 12 May 06

Interesting theory Spectra. I might just do that.

Spectra 11:23 am 12 May 06

Mr Shab: TT (and others) make a good living out of this thing in part because they’re often paid to beat up the stories by those who stand to profit. Next time they trundle out the “the germs in your kitchen are going to kill you” story, check out the ads that they run in the breaks. There’s invariably a sudden spike in ads for cleaning products.

VYBerlinaV8 11:15 am 12 May 06

I’m with Thumper on this, a few standard childhood illnesses are nothing to get too worried about.

Thumper 11:05 am 12 May 06

Let the bloody kids catch it! At least then they get an immunity.

So they itch and scratch for two weeks, so what…

Good for them.

Mr_Shab 11:01 am 12 May 06

Ooh! A conspiracy theory!

Nah, I’d say it’s a lazy journo looking for a story to beat up. Look at Today Tonight. They make a good living out of this kind of thing…

emd 10:36 am 12 May 06

The only reason this made the news is there’s a company making a profit selling the vaccination.

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