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Occupy Wall Street: Contagion Edition

The encampment in the financial district of New York City is now in its second month.
Photo: Timothy A Clark | AFP | Getty Images
The encampment in the financial district of New York City is now in its second month.

Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times is reporting that Occupy Wall Street's Zuccoti Park is a potential health hazard.

The chorus began quietly at a recent strategy session inside Zuccotti Park, with a single cough from a security team member, a muffled hack between puffs on his cigarette. Then a colleague followed. Then another.

Soon the discussion had devolved into a fit of wheezing, with one protester blowing his nose into the mulch between clusters of tents.

“It’s called Zuccotti lung,” said Willie Carey, 28, a demonstrator from Chapel Hill, N.C. “It’s a real thing.”

As regular NetNet readers know, I spent several days down at Zuccoti Park for a few weeks in October. My colleagues Cadie Thompson and Kayla Tausche were also more or less embedded in the the park. All of us got sick from the experience. I had an absolutely horrible cough.

At one point I was nearly bed-ridden.

The good news is that someone has gone to the park and given out flu shots, which should help prevent a major flu outbreak there. The bad news is that there are fears of tuberculosis spreading through the park, which would be truly horrific.

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