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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher and writer; I also walk dogs.
Interests: history, hiking, writing, politics, teaching, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via CIDRAP, a report by Lisa Schnirring: Eleven more MERS cases in Saudi Arabia, 2 in Jordan. Excerpt: Saudi Arabia's health ministry reported 11 more MERS-CoV cases in the past 3 days, 9 of them in Riyadh where a hospital-linked... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WHO's Regional Office for Africa: Guinea Ring Vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola case. Excerpt: Freetown, Sierra Leone – 31 August 2015: Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston has an important post: Media Reporting 6th MERS Case In Jordanian Cluster. Click or tap through for the full post, including some very useful links and background information. Excerpt: Since the Jordanian Ministry of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this article in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases: Assessing the Potential Role of Pigs in the Epidemiology of Ebola Virus in Uganda. The summary: Uganda has experienced 4 Ebola outbreaks since the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Local.de, an encouraging report: 'No limit to refugees Germany can take in'. Click or tap through for the full story and many links. Excerpt: Germany's top official dealing with refugees said on Monday that there was 'no upper... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
An editorial in FrontPageAfrica: Ebola Gone But Scars Remain: Survivors Deserve Better. Excerpt: During a visit to Liberia, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim held meetings with Ebola survivors and, according to some survivors, he pledged the Bank’s support... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Nation: Punjab lady health workers refuse to work in latest Polio campaign. Excerpt: According to a Waqt News report, Punjab Lady Health Workers (LHWs) have refused to work in the latest Polio campaign. Punjab government will be starting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Yahoo News, a Reuters report: Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone. The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report in the Tanzania Daily News: Tanzania: We Need Effective Strategies to Fight Cholera. Excerpt: Three days ago, the Minister for Health and Social Welfare Dr Seif Rashid broke bad news, as he informed the media that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Al-Bawaba: Jordan records new case of MERS. A new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus-related infection has been registered in the kingdom, the Health Ministry said Sunday. The diagnosed 56-year-old patient suffers from diabetes, blood pressure-related diseases... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 35/2015. Click or tap through for the PDF and links. The summary: ​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '6 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. As the table shows, all are in Riyadh and one is a 33-year-old expatriate female healthcare worker. Two Saudis have recovered and two have died.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Apologies for the long silence today; Vancouver was hit with a windstorm yesterday, and while we kept our power we lost our internet. I'll try to catch up tomorrow. Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '3 New... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Three children in hospital after being rescued from lorry in Austria. The report and then a comment: Three young children are recovering in hospital from severe dehydration after police in Austria stopped a truck with 26 people... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Arab News: Wary of MERS spread, parents raise a stink over dirty school toilets. I doubt that MERS is a hazard in schools (unless the kids are sharing the toilets with camels), but immaculate school hygiene and sanitation should... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via PLOS Pathogens, a report published on August 27: Twenty-Eight Years of Poliovirus Replication in an Immunodeficient Individual: Impact on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The abstract: There are currently huge efforts by the World Health Organization and partners to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News: Health officials seeking person who handled bat with rabies - British Columbia. Excerpt: Public health officials are hoping to get in touch with the person who handled a bat with rabies in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Vancouver Coastal... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Express Tribune, an August 27 report: Polio, measles drives kick off in tribal belt. Excerpt: Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive. Insiders... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the Saudi Gazette: Riyadh hospitals step up efforts to combat coronavirus. Hospitals in Riyadh region have embarked on an intensive awareness campaign against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in line with the directives of Prince Faisal Bin... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. As the table shows, just one case is in Riyadh. The other, in Najran, has already become fatal. The numbers are now 57 cases under... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
An article from WHO: The road to redemption: Infection prevention and control in the era of Ebola. Click or tap through for some good photographs. Excerpt: The road to the 200-bed Redemption Hospital in Monrovia is unpaved. During the rainy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Riyadh, Jordan each report 2 new MERS cases. After describing the Saudi cases, the report goes on: In Jordan, two men, aged 48 and 78, have contracted the disease, Ammon News, based in the nation's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Updated Rapid Risk Assessment on MERS in light of Riyadh hospital outbreak. Click or tap through to download the full document. The summary: ​A large nosocomial outbreak of MERS in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has triggered an update... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via Ammon News: Jordan reports two new corona virus cases. Jordan announced that it has registered 16 corona virus infections, since the virus was first reported back in 2012. The Ministry of Health yesterday announced two new cases for a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via Al-Riyadh, a Saudi newspaper: «Corona» reappear after a stop in Jordan for more than a year. Google Translate throws in "HIV" when, I think, any viral infection is mentioned: Jordan recorded two new cases of HIV Coruna on Thursday,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1