The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 February 2008

Going to pieces over nothing

Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, there appears to be no impending epidemic of leprosy in northwest Arkansas; there are apparently nine known cases in Springdale, among transplanted Marshall Islanders, but these folks have evidently been under observation for some time.

The head of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce tries to be reassuring:

You may be aware of a media report that is suggesting there has been an outbreak of leprosy in Springdale. This is not true. The Chamber has been in touch this morning with Gov. Mike Beebe, Congressman John Boozman, the Center for Disease Control and the Washington County Health Department. Each of these entities are fully engaged and are reporting to us that there is no "outbreak" of leprosy in Springdale or Northwest Arkansas.

Just the same, it would not be wise to let one's guard down, and damage control is going to cost, you should pardon the expression, an arm and a leg.

Posted at 8:33 PM to Dyssynergy


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» No "outbreak" of leprosy in Springdale, Arkansas from Scribal Terror
(The rumor was started because of some Marshall Islanders in the community who are under observation for what is now known as Hanson's disease.) Sounds like a public relations mini-nightmare, but it reminds me of the Monty Python sketch ......[read more]

Interesting how, on closer examination, the story falls apart.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:14 PM on 11 February 2008

I have to hand it to you Charles -- you've really got a nose for news.

Posted by: gail at 9:19 PM on 11 February 2008

But, is it HIS nose, or one he found lying around somewhere?

Posted by: unimpressed at 5:36 AM on 12 February 2008

Which calls to mind this ancient joke about the erstwhile King of Pop:

"How does Michael Jackson pick his nose?"

"From a catalog."

Posted by: CGHill at 7:22 AM on 12 February 2008
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