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Haiti

Not that I want to get in the middle of Derb and Peter, but here’s an interesting tidbit on the point of what a mess Haiti is (where my brother’s wife is from, btw).

My parents were stuck in an airport once and they struck up a conversation with a young doctor/scientist who was on his way to Haiti. Haiti? Why? They asked.

Well, he was specialist in epidemiology, infectious diseases etc. He explained that Haiti has more diseases, documented and “wild,” that an epidemiologist could do in one or two years in Haiti what might take a lifetime elsewhere. Haiti is to 21st century disease researchers what, say, Sub Saharan Africa was to 19th century zologists. So, if you’re heading there, you might want to hold off on the cheap steak tartar.

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