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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
Blogging Ebola must be getting to me. NGOs and humanitarian agencies are reduced to abject begging to save the millions at risk. The economy of Liberia is imploding before our eyes, and Guinea and Sierra Leone are likely close behind.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Sahara Reporters: Breaking: Nigeria Records New Ebola Death In Port Harcourt. This appears to confirm a report I posted here early this morning. The full report: A doctor, who secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with the index... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer, more signs of economic collapse—and Canada doesn't look good: Mt.Coffee Hydro Dam Rehabilitation Work Halted. Excerpt: Rehabilitation work at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, located in Harrisburg, Upper Montserrado County, has come to an immediate halt,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: Liberia Quarantined? Some members of the international community are now closing their respective doors on Ebola-affected, Liberia, as many international airliners suspend flights to Liberia. Since the second wave of Ebola outbreak in the country early... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, UNICEF has published Sub-Regional Response to the Ebola Outbreak As of 25 August 2014. Click through to download the PDF. Summary: SITUATION IN NUMBERS 26 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS AFFECTED BY EBOLA (EVD) 4.5 MILLION CHILDREN UNDER... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this sad story in Mail Online: Ebola nurse 'caught disease from a baby': Briton comforted little boy whose mother was a victim. The British nurse infected with Ebola may have caught... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Independent: Ebola virus: British Dr Nathalie MacDermott quarantined for three weeks returns to work. Excerpt: A British doctor who was quarantined for three weeks after treating Ebola patients in Africa has returned to work. Dr Nathalie MacDermott, who... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Science: UPDATED: Know where your anthrax is? U.S. to ask labs to pause risky research for pathogen inventory. Excerpt: In the wake of several high-profile laboratory safety incidents involving smallpox, anthrax, and dangerous flu strains, the U.S. government is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Awareness Times: Government Hospitals Close Down - Executive Director Health Alert. Executive Director Health Alert Victor Lansana Koroma in an exclusive interview with this medium at his office at 18 Dundas Street Freetown said he visited 4 District Government... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the African Development Bank: AfDB and WHO sign US $60 million MoU to strengthen Ebola response in West Africa. Excerpt: The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank. Excerpt: The worst ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Helen Branswell for tweeting about this story. Via CNN.com: CDC returns worker home after possible Ebola contact. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff member has returned to the United States from West Africa by charter flight... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to the reader who sent the link to Sheku Sheriff's Diary, an excellent blog. Here's the most recent post, from August 24: Ebola Updates from Segbwema and Kailahun: Stories from the Epicenter. Excerpt: A month or two after Dr.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF UK, an alarming report: Liberia: MSF's new Ebola centres already overwhelmed. Excerpt: Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is rapidly scaling up its operations in Liberia as the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo. Excerpt: Epidemiology and surveillance On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I just heard this on CBC Radio news here in Vancouver, but I can't find it in the Sierra Leone media yet. Via KUTV.com, a report from The Associated Press: 3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone. Excerpt: A... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I missed this yesterday. Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Case Recorded'. The case is a 52-year-old Saudi woman in Dammam; she is symptomatic but in a ward rather than intensive care. No... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ThisDay: Health Minister: Nigeria Now Has One Active Ebola Case, Articles. Excerpt: The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said Nigeria has only one active case of the infectious Ebola virus. Giving an update on government’s effort to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Kim Yi Dionne for tweeting the link to this Reuters report: France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola. The French government on Wednesday recommended its nationals avoid Sierra Leone and Liberia due to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the website of British Airways News: Flights to/from Liberia and Sierra Leone suspended. Click through for the details. Excerpt: Summary British Airways has suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 December 2014 due to concerns... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Ebola: life and death on the frontline. Excerpt from a long, informative article: Outside a run-down elementary school in West Point, Liberia, health workers stand silent and stiff under a balcony as the night darkens. Their spare... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Star, Jennifer Yang writes: Canada to pull scientists fighting Ebola from Sierra Leone. Excerpt: The Canadian government is evacuating three scientists from Sierra Leone, where their role diagnosing blood samples was crucial to the operation of one of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Inquirer: As Quarantine Exercise Continues: Dolo’s Residents Disappointed. Excerpt: Residents of the Dolo’s Town Community which is currently being quarantined in Margibi County have expressed serious disappointment over what they refer to as abandonment by the government of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Vanguard, an AFP report: Traders warn of Chinese exodus from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone. Excerpt: Li Luming carefully straightens a table cloth in his empty restaurant in Sierra Leone’s capital as he laments the damage Ebola has done to business.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New Dawn: Several officials fired! Excerpt: The Executive Mansion has announced the dismissal of a number of unnamed officials currently out of Liberia for failure to return home and join the ongoing Ebola fight in line with a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1