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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, an accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via Thomson Reuters: Indonesia evacuates hundreds of tourists after volcano erupts. Indonesian rescuers on Wednesday evacuated hundreds of tourists from a volcano that erupted a day earlier and were searching for as many as 50 climbers. Authorities closed the gates... Continue reading
Posted 5 minutes ago at H5N1
The National Environment Agency has published its Zika Cases & Clusters update for September 28. I'm happy to say the NEA has somewhat improved its reporting system: It now counts both daily cases and weekly totals. The NEA points out... Continue reading
Posted 13 minutes ago at H5N1
On World Rabies Day, WHO has published Eliminating rabies in India through awareness, treatment and vaccination. Excerpt: On a particularly hot afternoon in Bangalore, India, a couple carries their sick child into the emergency services of a public neurocare hospital.... Continue reading
Posted 23 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Nation: Experts to discuss Zika tests, babies’ head sizes. A team of experts led by the Disease Control Department's Dr Prasert Thongcharoen will confirm on Friday whether or not two babies were born with unusually small heads as... Continue reading
Posted 31 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Channel NewsAsia: Zika cluster at Bishan St 12 closed: NEA. Excerpt: The Zika cluster located at Bishan St 12 (Blocks 122, 123 and 134) is the first Zika cluster to be closed since the first case of locally transmitted... Continue reading
Posted 38 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Global Health: Rift Valley fever: still an emerging infection after 3500 years. Excerpt: In the Book of Exodus, the description of the fifth plague of Egypt evokes a high mortality epizootic disease affecting livestock such as camels,... Continue reading
Posted 47 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: The fight against rabies: the Middle East needs to step up its game. The tenth World Rabies Day will be celebrated across the globe on Sept 28, 2016. This day marks the anniversary of the death of... Continue reading
Posted 54 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Six healthy babies born in Nicaragua to Zika-infected mothers. Excerpt: Six healthy babies were born to mothers that had been exposed to the Zika virus during their pregnancies in Nicaragua, the Central American country's First Lady, Rosario Murillo,... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via The Times of India: Chikungunya menace continues as 40 more cases surface in a day. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and 260 km from New Delhi. Excerpt and then a comment: JAIPUR: Chikungunya, the vector-borne disease has... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via the Sun Sentinel: Health officials confirm case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade. ExcerotL Amid concerns over the Zika virus, state officials have confirmed a case of locally acquired dengue fever in Miami-Dade County. Dengue fever, which, like Zika, is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A news release: PAHO WHO | Region of the Americas is declared free of measles. Excerpt: The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
The Tyee has published my article Why Barack Obama Should Lead WHO, And Why He Won’t. Excerpt: More outbreaks of new and old diseases are inevitable, and the new director general will have to deal with them. It will take... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Florida Health has published its Department of Health Daily Zika Update for September 27. Excerpt: There are five new travel related cases today with two in Miami-Dade, one in Clay, one in Osceola and one involving a pregnant woman. Please... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via JAMA: Zika Vaccine Enters Clinical Trials. Excerpt: As the first local mosquito-borne transmissions of the Zika virus are being reported in the continental United States, an investigational vaccine developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News British Columbia: Number of drug treatment beds for youth down 25% despite fentanyl crisis. Excerpt: CBC News has learned the number of substance abuse treatment beds for youth, aged 19 years and under, has plunged in B.C.,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Hindustan Times: Dengue-chikungunya double infections make Delhi’s viral outbreak deadlier. Doctors have reported a double whammy in the Capital and its satellite cities —a twin infection of chikungunya and dengue together, which is difficult to treat. The All... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ahead of Print -Upsurge of Enterovirus D68, the Netherlands, 2016. The abstract: In June and July 2016, we identified 8 adults and 17 children with respiratory enterovirus D68 infections. Thirteen children required intensive care unit admission... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Yemen: MSF releases detailed documentation of attacks on two medical facilities ahead of UN Security Council closed session on protection of medical mission. Click or tap through for the full release and to download PDFs of the reports.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters: Days before referendum, Amnesty criticises Hungary over treatment of migrants. Excerpt: Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Hungary of mistreating refugees and migrants on purpose to deter them from seeking to cross into the European Union from Serbia,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. A 78-year-old Saudi woman in Sakaka has recovered. A 70-year-old Saudi man in Hail has died. Three cases remain under care. The Saudis appear no closer... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via NPR's Shots blog: Concussions May Increase The Risk Of PTSD. Excerpt: There's growing evidence that a physical injury to the brain can make people susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies of troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
The National Environment Agency has updated its Zika Cases & Clusters page as of September 27. Just one new case has been reported, for a total of three so far in week 39 (September 25-27). Week 38 saw 11 cases,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via KRGV.com: Cameron County’s Efforts to Stop Zika Virus Continues Despite Rain. San Benito is northwest of Brownsville and close to the Mexican border. Click or tap through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: SAN BENITO – Cameron... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Bangkok Post, a Reuters report: Four cases of suspected Zika-linked microcephaly monitored. Excerpt: The Public Health Ministry is investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week-old unborn baby, the public health minister said... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A news release: WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impact. The release quotes Dr. Flavia Bustreo, who is one of the six current candidates for WHO Director General. Excerpt: A new WHO air quality model confirms... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1