A Mysterious Epidemic of Parasitic Infections


"After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls," A.P. reports, "education officials in this city [Portland, Maine] have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11." This action seems precipitous to me. First the school officials should ask disease specialists from the CDC to investigate this outbreak and determine its cause.

Here is my May 2007 reason article on the "tendency to call every perceived problem affecting more than two people an 'epidemic.'"

[Thanks to Michael Stack for the tip.]