11/13/2005

The Lost Boy of Dewsbury

The usually dire 'Mail on Sunday' pointed one to the rather sad story of little George Evans.
The report is not online.
George, the infant son of Steven and Joanne Evans of Batley, West Yorkshire, died on October 20 aged 17 months. He contracted tuberculous meningitis in September after starting to attend a nursery entitled the Children's Place at Dewsbury District Hospital, where he had been born and where his mother works.
The case came to light after Joanne Evans spoke to the 'Mail on Sunday' about a change in Government policy which has apparently resulted in a reduction in the number of very young children receiving immunisation. Mrs. Evans is quoted as saying,
"I just cannot understand why they are doing this....After what has happened to my little boy,it has made me very angry".
Tests have been carried out on other children at the nursery, and the results will be delivered next week.
The 'Mail's report, by Keith Beabey, concludes as follows
"The number of infections in the UK doubled between 1987 and 2003 to more than 2,700 cases.
Until this summer, when the rules changed, every child in Great Britain aged 14 had been vaccinated against TB. Now only those thought to be more at risk are targeted, said a Department of Health spokeswoman.
'They include those in major cities and children whose parents or grandparents lived in countries with high rates of the disease'".
Dewsbury was the hometown of the posturing, and now very dead, poltroon Mohammed Siddique Khan. It is ironic that if he were a few years younger, the British state he sought to overthrow would be placing greater emphasis on the preservation of his health than on those of his peers.
As far as the spread of TB goes, I'm just glad I don't have it.

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