The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1976 · Page 8
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Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 23, 1976
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December 23, 1976 PAGE H HAYS DAILY NEWS Manufacturers Of Swine Vaccine Sued McALESTEA. Okla. (UPI) — A man who was inoculated against swine flu and later developed paralysis is suing the four drug companies who manufactured the vaccine, his attorney said Wednesday. The suit, which has been mailed to federal court in Muskogee, Okla., asks $5.5 million for Wayne Young, 58, a McAlester man who became paralyzed from the neck down with Guillain-Barre syndrome Nov. 21, said Gene Stipe, a legislator who represents Young. Stipe said doctors do not know if the condition is permanent in Young's case. "I don't think anyone knows. We're all hopeful," he said. At least 58 persons across the nation have developed GuillainBarre syndrome, sometimes called French polio, after taking the shots. Public health investigators say they have not established any link between the syndrome and the swine flu shots. Dr. Armond Start, director of the state Health Depart- a very merry ristmas May happiness always dwell with you. From our house to your house ... thanks. Glen's Auto Parts Pro-Am Part Shop 1121 E. 27th Hays, Kan. ment's division of communicable disease control, said the government assumed all liability from the drug companies for the swine flu shots. Congress passed a law to that effect last summer, he said. Start said only one drug company, not all four, could have provided the vaccine received by Young. "I think this kind of action is going to hold up considerably any vaccination program," he* said of the suit. "We're going to see companies getting out of the vaccination business. They're not going to put up with this kind of stuff,"Start said. He said all persons who took the vaccine had to sign an informed consent form which told them how to seek damages through (he U.S. attorney general. Stipe said the drug companies should not be able to place liability on the government. "We've sued the .drug companies because they can't contract away their negligence," he said. He said he knew of no other suits filed in connection with the paralysis, but he had heard of other suits being prepared in Dallas and other parts of the country. White House Press Room In Jeopardy PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) — Reporters could lose their White House press room if Amy Carter has her way. In an informal chat with reporters en route home from Chicago Wednesday, President-elect Jimmy Carter said "Amy is after me to take the cover off the swimming pool — but I guess that's impossible." "The Touch of (he Master's Hand" 'Twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth'his while To waste much time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile. "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar," then "Two, only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?" "Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three ..." but, no < From the room, far back, a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow. Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening up all of the strings, He played a melody pure and sweet, as sweet as an angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer with a voice that was quiet and low, Said, "What am I bid for the old violin?" He held it up with the bow. "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand and who'll make it three? ' Three thousand once, three thousand twice, and going, going, gone," said he. The people cheered but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand What changed its worth." Swift came the reply, "The touch of the master's hand. 1 ' And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and torn with sin Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin. A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game, and he travels on He is going once, and going twice. He's going and almost gone. But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never can quite understand The worth of a soul, and the change that's wrought by the touch of the Master's hand." A.D.C. ni Mexico Checking Sale Of Babies Eagle Well Again An eagle retreived from the wild with a broken wing has recuperated at the Sacramento Zoo and is being trained to fly again. The bird, which will be retur- ned to the wild, exhibits unusual friendliness toward his handler, John Aiken. (UPI Photo). Army Acknowledges Germ Warfare Tests Conducted WASHINGTON (UPI) The Army says full reports are not available right now, but acknowledges conducting germ warfare tests with live bacteria in American cities between 1950 and 1966. An Army spokesman discounted published reports that its tests may have caused minor epidemics of pneumonia and a rare heart valve infection. He said it used ''nondisease causing biological substances." But he conceded that the tests had been conducted in the New York City subways, at the Pentagon, and at San Francisco and -five other American cities and regions. The full reports of the experiments, the spokesman said, are buried in vaults in Utah and no complete statement could be made until they were studied. "This happened up to 25 years ago, he said, supplying some documentation that was available. The substances in the tests included bacillus globigii, ser- ratia marcescene and aspergillus fumigatus, he said. Both bacillus globigii and serratia marcescene were described as "present throughout the environment and ... considered not to cause disease." But the statement added: "However, for some in-, dividuals who lack a capability to develop immunity to most diseases serratia marcescene could conceivably act as an > opportunist and produce ,an infection." Other areas in which the tests were made, the Army said, were Ft. McClellan, Ala., Key West, Fla., a U.S. Navy installation at Mechanicsburg, Pa., at Panama City, Fla., and at Point Mugu and Ft. Hueneme, Calif. MEXICO CITY (UPI) The Mexican government is investigating the alleged sale of Mexican babies to American families by the Casa del Sur, a branch of Easter House Adoption Agency of Chicago.' Health Secretariat officials, members of the Federal Judicial Police and the attorney general's office launched an investigation Wednesday into the organization, including an audit of its finances. The Casa del Sur, whose offices are located along the plush Insurge'ntes Sur Avenue, was not answering its telephones. "Up until this minute, we have no proof of wrongdoing," a spokesman for the Mexican investigative group .said. "However, if any irregularities or violations should be found, the law will be applied with its full force." Easter House Adoption Agency President Seymour Kurtz, an attorney, told UPI in a recent interview he would take Mexican-born babies across the border and place them with American families for a fee of $5,000. Kurtz's adoption agency is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. • The investigative group spokesman said a second Casa del Sur, in Ciudad Juarez on the Texas border, also was being investigated. Because of a shortage of healthy, white babies for adoption through licensed agencies, childless American couples have been turning to private agents for infants. There are no Mexican or American federal statutes outlawing the baby sales. Former federal Attorney General Pedro Ojeda Paullada last August condemned the "trading" of Presley Distributes Charity Checks MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) Elvis Presley's father distributed 32 checks to charities on behalf of his son Wednesday and apologized for their late delivery. The singer's father, Vernon Presley, explained the late delivery of the annual charitable giveaway as due to his son's busy touring schedule and his hospital stay. Mexican babies in the United States. Former Health Secretary Gines Navarro Diaz deLeon called it a "monstrous" practice. In a recent interview, Casa del Sur administrator Julia Irma Salinas said the mothers of babies given up for adoption voluntarily relinquish all claims to the child before a judge and public notary. But, under Mexican law, neither the mother nor father can renounce rights to a child voluntarily. Parents may lose such claim only if denied by a judge, if the father or the mother commit two or more felonies or if they are unable to support the child. Fraternity Suspended AUSTIN, -Tex. (UPI) — A University of Texas fraternity has been given a year to meditate on the theory that cattle prods belong in the barn and molasses, corn flakes and eggs should be kept in the kitchen. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity was put on suspension Wednesday until Dec. 3, 1977 because of the arrest of some members earlier this month during an initiation stunt. A van traveling through a suburb was stopped Dec. 3, and inside officers found nude pledges covered with molasses, corn flakes and eggs. It also was learned the initiation involved limited use of cattle prods on the students. "The disciplinary penalty will restrict the organization from using university facilities, sponsoring or presenting a public performance, publicly raising funds or making a solicitation, or participating in intramural , athletics," said Dr. David H. McClintock, assistant dean of students. McClintock said another part of the initiation involved pledges being allowed to wear only' burlap 'sacks covered 'with hot sauce. ' He said the fraternity would be permitted to participate in rush for the 1977 fall semester and said a review of the punishment would be made at the beginning of the fall semester. Flu Shot Resumption Urged WASHINGTON" <UPI) — The government's top doctor is urging the national Center for Disease Control in Atlanta to consider a partial resumption of swine flu and other flu shots for elderly and chronically ill persons. Some private doctors and state health officials are demanding a resumption of the shots, said Dr. Theodore Cooper, assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The CDC last Thursday advised against any flu shots for anyone, pending new investigations, but Cooper says he was not aware until several Doug Stites Rodney Einsel Don Hazlett Donna Bittel Bob Legere j (^ruction & d\zalku, Line. tJ days later 'that the order involved not only swine flu shots but also Hong Kong flu shots for senior citizens and persons with chronic illness. Hong Kong flu shots have been available for several years. Cooper blamed his unawareness on "a lapse in communication" and said he later concurred in CDC's advice. In an interview Wednesday, Cooper said his office has received a number of calls from private doctors who want to give flu shots to their "high risk" elderly and ill patients. "Some decisions have to be made, and I would like that decision to be made promptly," he said. Cooper said he has urged the convening next week of a government immunization advisory panel to "review the data openly and publicly" on the risks, if any, of flu immunizations and the risks of getting various types of flu. M ** J{ lighthearted Yule to all our friends . . . filled with all the season's goodies. ROHR JEWELRY 709 Main Hays

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