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Modern leprosy

 

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To my surprise she said as long as my daughter is not exhibiting any symptoms then she and the principal thought she belonged in school. They even came to our home on a Sunday afternoon (and shook our hands!) and talked about the over reaction of the public - that neither the Centers for Disease Control or the Washtenaw County Health Department thought people should be quarantined just because they'd been to Mexico.

Finally, our family felt normal again! My daughter was worried that she would be hassled by other kids in school (and she was), and at least one child was driven to school so she wouldn't have to ride on the same bus, but somehow we got through it.

I don't mean to unjustly blame people, or even the media (ok maybe the media to an extent). Who knows how I would have reacted had the tables been turned? We all have different perspectives that dictate how we react to situations, and while I felt I respected our friend's perspectives in keeping our distance, I'm not sure if my perspective was ever given consideration. Instead of listening to my story of our location in Mexico, our diligence in hand washing and not going into large crowds, of no confirmed cases in our entire area, of the actual numbers of confirmed cases in relation to the total population of Mexico, and of the CDC's recommended guidelines, they chose only to keep the hype elevated in their minds.

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