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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 his new blog Zika Diaries, Dr. Vincent Racaniello writes about A Tiny Zika Laboratory. Excerpt: So far in this series I’ve written a good deal about our work on Zika virus, but I have said little about the people... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
My wife and I are going on a sailing trip today, so I'll be away from my computer until this evening—and tomorrow we leave for home. So blogging will be very sporadic for a couple of days. Thanks for your... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new case, a 24-year-old Saudi woman in Riyadh, appears to be part of the nosocomial outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital. No recoveries are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet: WHO investigates mysterious outbreak in South Sudan. Excerpt: A team from WHO's Regional Office for Africa is investigating a mysterious viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern South Sudan that has killed ten people. At the same time,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this Shanghai Daily report: Procedures tightened after airline cholera case. The full report and then a comment: The authorities are tightening health inspection procedures on direct flights from India to Shanghai... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this Agência Brasil report: Cabo Verde registra 11 casos de microcefalia associados ao vírus Zika.[Cape Verde records 11 microcephaly cases associated with Zika virus] Excerpt from the edited Google translation: Cape... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published ECDC policy briefing - Preparing for Zika in the EU. Click or tap through to download the PDF. The abstract: This document highlights preparedness measures that should be in place to minimise the risk of Zika virus... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Eurosurveillance: Active surveillance scheme in three Romanian hospitals reveals a high prevalence and variety of carbapenamase-producing Gram-negative bacteria: A pilot study, December 2014 to May 2015. The abstract: We report the findings of an active surveillance scheme for detection... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published its weekly Yellow fever situation report for June 23. Click or tap through for the full report. The summary: Angola: 3294 suspected cases In Angola the total number of notified cases has increased since early 2016. As... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office: Clarification on a MERS-CoV case in Saudi Arabia. The full statement and then a comment: Recently, some media reports have misinterpreted and erroneously reported details about Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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WHO has published its weekly Zika situation report for June 23. Click or tap through to download the full report. The summary: • As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Irish Independent: 22 diagnosed with measles in Kerry 'after infectious person travelled on flight from Dublin'. Excerpt: Precautions have been called for by public health doctors after 22 cases of measles have been confirmed in Kerry. The outbreak... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Nigeria: At least 24,000 displaced people in dire health situation in Bama. Excerpt: Abuja — A catastrophic humanitarian emergency is currently unfolding in a camp for internally displaced people in Borno State, Nigeria. For several hours on 21... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new case is a 55-year-old Bangladeshi man in Jeddah (it's unusual to learn the patient's nationality). He is in stable condition. No recoveries are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's Regional Office for Africa: Launch of emergency vaccination campaigns on the DR Congo and Angola border. Excerpt: Brazzaville, 22 June 2016 – As the yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo continues, the World... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via STAT, Helen Branswell writes: Latin American abortions may be rising because of Zika fears. Excerpt: Abortions — legal or otherwise — may be increasing in Latin American countries where the Zika virus is spreading, new research suggests. The data,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The National: New Mers patient is treated in Abu Dhabi. Excerpt: A man in Abu Dhabi tested positive on Tuesday for Mers coronavirus. The patient, who is thought to be a Bangladeshi labourer, is being treated in hospital. In... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this allAfrica.comreport, a news release from the government: Sierra Leone: China to Construct Disease Control Center & Office for Mohs. A delegation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in the International Journal of Infectious Disease: Prevalence of Comorbidities in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The abstract: Middle East respiratory syndrome... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published Yellow fever outbreak global response. The overarching goal of the yellow fever global strategy is to end yellow fever outbreaks in affected countries and limit international spread. The Strategic Response Framework guides the international response to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
The Tyee has published my review of Dr. Ralph R. Frerichs's great book Deadly River: Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti: Cholera in Haiti: A True-Crime Medical Thriller. Frerichs tells the remarkable story of how Dr. Renaud Piarroux found the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. A 54-year-old Saudi man in Alkharj has recovered. He was not part of the Riyadh nosocomial outbreak. The numbers are now 14 cases under care, 791... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters: Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic. Excerpt: Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: South Sudan: Report details UN's failures in protecting civilians in Malakal. Excerpt: Barcelona/Juba - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released a report into the peacekeeping and humanitarian response following the attack on the Malakal Protection of Civilians Site... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Summary of Public health threats, CDTR week 24/2016. Click or tap through for many related links. ​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1