Tuesday, September 30, 2014
When hospital doctors and staff were made aware of the position the Mr. Pederson was taking they made the decision to involve child protective services (CAS). In compelling video and audio filmed at the hospital the night of (which may be seen here) CAS decided to seize baby Aiden pending an “emergency hearing in front of a judge”. Viewers can see a passive and polite, yet concerned father asking relevant questions while his parental rights were slowly, painfully, and (some would argue) illegally stripped away.
Several hundred US kids are being treated for Enterovirus 68 – a respiratory illness that can cause children to become paralyzed. Outbreaks of the virus have been detected in most of the fifty states.
So far, the virus has infected 443 children in 40 states, and the District of Columbia, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Abbreviated as EV-D68, the virus was first identified 50 years ago. However, it has rarely been tested for until cases started appearing in the US Midwest and Southwest this year.
EV-D68 causes symptoms similar to the common cold but progresses into wheezing, breathing problems and paralysis.
There is no drug yet for the current strain of the virus, so treatment is focused on helping patients to breathe.
CDC, state health officials and doctors announced last week they were investigating nine cases of children with muscles weakness or paralysis linked to the virus at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Most had the respiratory illness but then came down with an unspecified “acute neurological illness.” Four of the eight tested positive for the enterovirus, while eight of the nine had up-to-date polio vaccinations.
“The severity is what triggered our concern,” said Mark Pallansch, director of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases.
The number of ill children might increase once the backlog of specimens has been tested, CDC said.
EV-D68 is one of some 100 different non-polio enteroviruses attacking about 10-15 million infants and children a year. Young people are most at risk of getting sick as their immune systems have not fully developed. Especially vulnerable are the children suffering from asthma.
The polio-like paralysis cases are not as frequent, but a California research team reported limb paralysis cases in five children as early as February. They did not regain the use of their limbs. Two of them were confirmed with EV-68 and respiratory illness before the symptoms began, and all of the children had been previously vaccinated against poliovirus.
Newly identified strains of the enterovirus have also been reported among children in Asia and Australia, causing polio-like symptoms.
Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion.
You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox.
We all know that no matter what ‘privacy’ settings you may try and implement, our information is all being collected and stored somewhere. That knowledge sits in the back of our minds, and is easy to drown out by shoving in some headphones and watching Adventure Time on repeat until everything stops being 1984. But it’s a sharp jolt back to reality when you see a two dimensional image marking your daily commute with occasional detours to the cinema or a friend’s house.
Looking at mine, I realized that a) I live my life in a very small radius, and b) there are places on my map that I don’t remember going. One of them I’ve apparently visited three times on different days. Once whilst “Biking” and twice while “Stationary”. All at times I wouldn’t usually be awake. I’m not sure what’s happening on Wood Street in North Melbourne, or why my phone apparently travels there without me, but I’m not going to rule out secret alien conspiracies.
This never happened. UNLESS IT DID.
Apparently this record only happens if you have ‘location services’ switched on in your phone; if you do and you’re finding you have no data, then it means that either you don’t exist or you’ve beaten the system. If it’s the latter, please teach me your ways; I know for a fact that I switched my phone’s location detection off, but apparently it somehow got switched back on.
Oh well. Perhaps this month I’ll take some inspiration from the runner who used Nike+ draw dicks – except this time when the dots are joined, they’ll just form a huge, unblinking eye. With occasional side trips to Wood Street.
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