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russian heel 03-24-2020 04:28 AM

American borne epidemics
 
I am dealing with a racist C—- online who insists on calling this the “Chinese” virus.

I’m certain there have been diseases sourced from our shores can you name some?

Off the top of my head I’m guessing:

Legionnaires disease

syphilis (not 100% proven from the Indians to the Europeans)

What else? Help me put this racist bitch in her place!


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Monty 03-24-2020 06:31 AM

You know that social distancing is also highly recommended to avoid people with that particular disease (racism) too, right?

asahi 03-24-2020 06:35 AM

How about the "Spanish" flu of 1918? It most likely originated at Ft Riley, Kansas.

Qadgop the Mercotan 03-24-2020 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by asahi (Post 22207143)
How about the "Spanish" flu of 1918? It most likely originated at Ft Riley, Kansas.

That's highly questionable, though. There were similar outbreaks at military outbreaks in England and France in the same time period, and some sort of similar viral syndrome documented in China a few months before those outbreaks.

campp 03-24-2020 07:15 AM

We've done are best to bring back an oldie, but goodie, measles.

Qadgop the Mercotan 03-24-2020 07:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by campp (Post 22207202)
We've done are best to bring back an oldie, but goodie, measles.

Sadly true. :(

Qadgop the Mercotan 03-24-2020 07:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Qadgop the Mercotan (Post 22207201)
That's highly questionable, though. There were similar outbreaks at military outbreaks in England and France in the same time period, and some sort of similar viral syndrome documented in China a few months before those outbreaks.

more info in this thread:
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=892371

dorvann 03-24-2020 04:16 PM

Lyme Disease-----named after Lyme Connecticut

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Pacific Coast Tick Fever, San Joaquin Valley Fever.

Sin Nombre orthohantavirus
, New York orthohantavirus, Bayou orthohantavirus all causing Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

RioRico 03-24-2020 05:55 PM

I browsed the CDC Diseases & Conditions A-Z Index and likely missed a few US names (beside those already mentioned).

American Trypanosomiasis
Colorado Tick Fever
Jamestown Canyon (Colorado) Virus
La Crosse (Wisconsin) Encephalitis
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Norwalk (Ohio) Virus
Pontiac (Michigan) Fever
Tularemia (California)
Yankee Fever (ha!)

Except for the last one, these don't seem to provoke regional or personal hatred. YMMV.

Monty 03-24-2020 06:12 PM

And how many of those have provoked racial attacks?

MLS 03-24-2020 06:12 PM

Lou Gehrig's disease did not originate with Gehrig, you know. He just happened to be a well-known person who got it.

madmonk28 03-24-2020 06:27 PM

I think that by the time this is over, America will be closely associated with this virus.


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