Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A stop to street-spitting

People who spit on the street kill more people than criminals who walk the streets, according to Dr. P. H. Scardino, Houston's health officer.

In a statement released Dec. 12, 1917, Scardino was concerned about tuberculosis, which is spread through the air from one person to another. According to the CDC, the bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Scardino was particularly concerned about spreading the disease through spitting. He was especially critical of Houston police officers, as well.

"One thing that stands out strongly in the city of Houston is the promiscuous spitting on the sidewalks, and I say it to the shame of our police officers that I have often seen them do this themselves and absolutely make no effort to prevent others from doing so," Scardino said, as reported in the Houston Post.

Scardino even placed a priority on catching those who should spit on the sidewalks.

"I personally feel that it would be far better for the police officers to prevent people from spitting on sidewalks, street cars and in other public places than to catch a burglar or common criminal, for the man who spits on the sidewalks and in other public places eventually kills more people by the transmission of the disease than all the criminals of the world combined have ever killed," he said.

Scardino's said that because it was winter more people would likely suffer from colds and other ailments. Therefore, immediate care was recommended to prevent something like tuberculosis from becoming an epidemic.

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6 Comments:

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Jason said...

Good point for the time. Nowadays it's car crashes and cancer.

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger James said...

Curious. This health official was worrying about spreading tuberculosis in the middle of the world-wide Swine Flu Pandemic, which killed more than 20 million people between 1917 and 1920.

Go figure.

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger James said...

oops. I meant to say Spanish Flu Pandemic, which killed more than 20 million people worldwide.

Sorry about that.

 
At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything going on and some upset over spitting! Its the small things that make us forget the hugh things! Open your eyes and look around,the sky is falling!

 
At 3:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a bunch of hogwash.

 
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