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by on November 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm in Books, Economics, History | Permalink

Mark Harrison, Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease.  Here is a short related piece by the author.

mulp November 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

You point to a short piece designed to make a point to an American audience that suggests the Koreans are irrational in prohibiting US beef imports.

However, a report I saw on HIV covers tracing HIV back to the source where it appears to have repeatedly occurred centuries ago, but limited to a small region in Africa, until Dutch traders entered the area and used forced labor to move out exports, spreading HIV to African European trading centers. It was then decades later that HIV arrived in the US, with it being identified while Reagan was president.

It was then that the US prohibited anyone with HIV coming to the US under any circumstances, not even to global health conferences. That ban was only recently removed by President Obama, long after the ban was clearly irrational, if it were even rational when imposed.

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