Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tsunami: the suffering isn't over

Take a look at this New York Times story about the ordeal faced by the Tsunami survivors. People who suffered even minor cuts are now showing up at clinics with life-threatening infections.

I am so proud of the outpouring of help, from all over the world, to help those in the affected regions. I have seen a little bit of score-keeping among blogs about what nation gives which help. Let's just get it done. As the Times illustrates, time is of the essence.

People should read these stories and think ahead to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which already cause problems in hospitals and among people with weakened immune systems. In the bad old days-- and possibly in the future-- any kind of break in the skin, if contaminated, could become life-threatening. Just off the top of my head, I think it was Grover Cleveland's son who ended up dying because of a tennis blister.

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