Infantile Paralysis

The old name for polio better describes the attitude of certain Nigerian Muslims:

Nigeria is fighting a rare outbreak of a vaccine-derived form of polio, says the UN’s World Health Organization.

It says 69 children in the north have caught the paralysing disease from others who had already been immunised.

The WHO says such rare outbreaks have occurred where immunisation campaigns did not reach enough of the population.

In 2003 Islamic leaders brought a temporary halt to the vaccine campaign in the north saying it was a Western conspiracy to sterilise Muslim women.

Long time readers of this blog will know that I’ve been banging on about this story from our earliest days.

Much as I enjoy pointing out the idiocy and illogic that riddles the Islamic world, I get no joy from paralysed kids. One dumbass Muslim Nigerian governor suspends polio vaccinations, and the disease jumps borders across the Muslim world, infects hundreds—and we’re still dealing with the repercussions four years later.

These people aren’t backward; they’re retrograde.

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