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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 10, 1983-Page 5

Michigan girl dies of
rabies; first since 1948


A five-year-old girl diagnosed as
having the first case of rabies in
Michigan since 1948 died shortly before
8 p.m. yesterday at the University's
Mott Children's Hospital, according to
a hospital spokesman.
The Jonesville, Mich. girl, whose
name was not released, may have been
bitten by a bat some time last fall, Dr.
Thomas Slope, director of Pediatric In-
fectious Diseases at the hospital, said
THE CHILD, who was brought to the
hospital on Feb. 12, had been in a coma

for three weeks and on a life support
system for two weeks.
So few cases of rabies are contracted
each year that it is difficult for doctors
to say what course the virus will take.
THE CHILD was taken to a Hillsdale
County hospital on Feb. 5 after a
skating accident. When her condition
began to deteriorate, she was tran-
sferred to Mott Hospital.
Doctors initially suspected the girl
had encephalitis or meningitis, but also
began testing her for rabies.

The third series of tests confirme
the child had rabies, but it was too lat
to innoculate her against the virus,
Shope said.
THE GIRL'S parents said they had
found bats while roofing their home lash
fall and that the child told them at thd
time that a bat had scared her, said Jod
Owsley, a hospital spokesman. But hei
parents found no signs of a bite and
weren't concerned, he said.II
While six months is an unusually long
incubation period - the normal period
is 18 to 60 days - the virus has been
known to show up in a victim as late as
one year after being bitten by a rabid

Humanities panel holds final hearing

Dinner for two Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
LSA sophomore Kathy Coborn enjoys a steak dinner with Wolverine offensive linesman Stefan Humphries last night at
a banquet at Martha Cook Hall residents held for football team members.

A gent
Beach and not Vietna
veteran asked why the
bought out a town in Miss
exposed to dioxin but won'
veterans exposed to the s
ce in Vietnam, Air Fore
Youngwas ready.
he flahsed onto a sc
showing an orange and an,
His point was that the
posure was so much grea
Beach, Mo., than in Vietn.
paring the two situations
paring, well, apples and o
For years, the Ve
ministration has dismiss
claims that dioxin in th
sprayed in Vietnam da
health. So the VA was pu
when another agency of
moved so fast after dioxin
Times Beach, population2
specialist on loan to the V
ted a pile of data intended
herbicides sprayed in Viet
the culprit, but his dat
suaded the veterans.
The Centers for Dis

Orange: DioXii
- Why Times decided that one part per billion of
m? When a dioxin was enough to be a health risk.
government The concentration of dioxin in Viet-
ouri that was nam was much heavier. The VA says it
't compensate was an average of two parts per million
ame substan- in Agent Orange - the herbicide
ce Maj. Alfin sprayed on jungle growth in Vietnam.
Between 1965 and 1971, 11 million
reen a slide gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed
apple. in Vietnam.
degree of ex- NONETHELESS, Young argues that
ater in Times Vietnam veterans are at less risk than
iam that com- the people of Times Beach. And he says
was like com- he doubts that either group is at much
ranges. risk at all.
eterans Ad- Young says the Missouri residents
sed veterans' were exposed far longer to far heavier
ae herbicides; concentrations of dioxin "and hence the
amaged their possibility of getting a dose in the body
ut on the spot that could have an adverse effect is
f government greater in Times Beach than in Viet-
n was found in nam - far greater."
2,400. Not everyone agrees. Rep. Thomas
Ivironmental Daschle, (D-S.D.), has authored a bill,
TA, has collec- introduced Tuesday in the House, to
d to prove that compensate veterans for disabilities
tnam were not resulting from some diseases
a hasn't per- associated with dioxin.
SINCE THE WAR'S end, more than
ease Control 100,000 veterans have taken a special VA


medical examination out of suspicion
that Agent Orange exposure has affec-
ted their health. And 16,564 veterans,
many of them suffering from diseases
they cannot otherwise explain, have
filed for disability compensation.
The VA has rejected the claims, ex-
plaining that no link has been
established between the herbicide and
any disease veterans are suffering.
Young puts the difference between
Times Beach and Vietnam this way: He
calculates that maybe 300 pounds of
dioxin were put down over perhaps
5,000 acres in Missouri while 368 pounds
of dioxin were sprayed over three
million acres of Vietnam.
Lewis Milford, a lawyer with the
Vietnam Veterans Law Center at
American University, disputes Young's
"EPA presumably thought that
dioxin levels at Times Beach were a
danger to human health" Milford says.
"The dioxin levels there were at least
one part per billion; in Vietnam,
veterans were exposed to Agent Orange
with concentrations of between one and
2 parts per million.

(Continued from Page 1)
charged that the courses are identical
to the ones he took in his senior year at
Ann Arbor's Huron High School.
Aupperle suggested removing the
Great Books requirement and allowing
freshpersons to choose from a wider
variety of courses, including those of-
fered in LSA.
THE CHARGE to the review commit-
tee members asked them to consider
making engineering students take all or
some of their courses indLSA.
Although they admitted the
humanities department's literature
courses could probably be replaced
with LSA offerings, some students ex-
pressed concern that the school's
curriculum would not fit their needs or
that they would not be as comfortable in
LSA classes.
"It's a lot more competitive in LSA in
every class I've taken," said
engineering senior Dana Hewitt. "They
don't have it as easy as we do getting
HEWITT AND other speakers
praised the technical writing program,
saying it should be expanded and of-
fered to students as early as their

freshman year, instead of in their
junior year as it is now.
Some students argued that engineers
should take more classes outside of
their school so that they could exchange
ideas with students who have different
interests, but others said it would be
beneficial to study among other
engineers in humanities courses slan-
ted toward their specific interests.

Although he expected a larger tur
nout, committee Chairman William'
Kuhn said the session had been ex-
tremely informative. He said the panel
still plans to issue its final report by the
end of this month, after which the issue
will be. in the hands of Engineering
Dean James Duderstadt and Vice
President for Academic Affairs anA
provost Billy Frye.

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EPA administrator Burford resigns

(Continued from Page 1)
SPEAKES SAID Burford is to be ap-
pointed to a "major" commission or
board but, at her request only in a part-
time capacity. He said John Whitlock
Hernandez, deputy EPA administrator,
was named acting EPA director pen-
ding a search for a new replacement to
begin today.
Speakes, asked whether the timing of
BUrford's announcement was related to
the agreement about releasing the
documents, said: "There's no connec-
tion between the two."
The documents to be released to
Congress are at the center of a half-
dozen investigations into the agency's
$1.6 billion "superfund" program to
clean up toxic waste dumps.
THE AGREEMENT was announced
on Capitol Hill by Rep.' John Dingell,
(D-Mich.), chairman of the House

Energy and Commerce investigations
subcommittee, and Rep. James
Broyhill (R-N.C.), its ranking
Dingell told a news conference that
"a very difficult negotiation has been
concluded honorably by all parties.''
The formal agreement does not waive
executive privilege. But its effect is the
same. It calls on the White House to
give Dingell's subcommittee all
documents to be held by the committee
on Capitol Hill.
A MORE restrictive agreement
reached with another subcommittee
allowed congressmen only to view the
documents, not keep copies.
According to a "memorandum of un-
derstanding" issued by the White
House, the EPA will identify any
documents or portions of documents
that it considers "enforcement sen-

sitive," a designation to identify
material whose disclosure could
jeopardize enforcement work of the
The subcommittee agreed to treat
any "enforcement-sensitive" material
as confidential, and any decision to
release it to the public must be
preceded by "reasonable advance
notice to the EPA.
The release of documents came on a
day when Dingell had threatened
another contempt of Congres charge
against Burford, and three other House
subcommittee chairmen had said the
president's claims of executive
privilege were a mockery because
some withheld documents had been
given to industries accused of polluting.


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