Friday, March 13, 2009

Unasked Questions

The New York Times reports that my state of Connecticut is mulling restrictions on raw-milk sales after last summer's devastating E. coli outbreak which I never heard of before. The story, of course, had the requisite number of quotes from Concerned Parents:
Erin Barringer of West Hartford, whose daughter contracted E. coli from a child who drank raw milk, according to health officials, is helping to campaign for the stricter legislation. “It can be frustrating at times because I think everybody’s lost sight of who the victims are,” said Ms. Barringer, whose daughter, Emma, was 2 years and 10 months old when she got sick, even though she herself never drank raw milk.
This is indeed a tragic case, and nobody likes it when innocent toddlers suffer. But there's something this story doesn't address: E. coli is not airborne-contagious. So far as I know, it's spread mainly through the feces of infected animals and/or people. So what exactly did this little girl do, to come down with an E. coli infection?

If it's what I think it is, it was only a matter of time before the child came down with something nasty, raw-milk sales or no. Instead of lobbying the statehouse, maybe Erin Barringer should -- I dunno -- teach her daughter not to eat feces?

6 Comments:

Anonymous smartass sob said...

So far as I know, it's spread mainly through the feces of infected animals and/or people. So what exactly did this little girl do, to come down with an E. coli infection?


Little children are notorious for unsanitary practices. I'd say she probably came in direct contact with poop, probably that of the other child. Sounds like someone either wasn't watching these children very closely or wasn't keeping them clean.

If it's what I think it is, it was only a matter of time before the child came down with something nasty, raw-milk sales or no.

So, what do you think it was?

1:40 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Um ... something which in no way suggests that her mother is pushing this "think of the children" legislation in hope of suppressing the guilt feelings she'd experience if she had time to think, "If I kept a better eye on my daughter, maybe she wouldn't eat shit."

2:15 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Such as? (or am I mis-understanding your sentence?)

2:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Terrorists. It was probably the fault of terrorists.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Hm. Yez...very likely. ;-)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Blah blah children. Blah blah blah victims. Blah blah laws blah blah protect.

After a while these people all sound alike.

4:58 PM  

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