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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.
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Via The Guardian: WHO aims for Ebola serum in weeks and vaccine tests in Africa by January. Excerpt:The World Health Organisation has announced it hopes to begin testing two experimental Ebola vaccines in west Africa by January and may have... Continue reading
Posted a moment ago at H5N1
Via USA Today: Cameraman declared Ebola-free after treatment. Excerpt: TV cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, evacuated from Liberia after becoming infected with Ebola last month, has been declared free of the virus. "The knowledge that there's no more virus in my blood... Continue reading
Posted 10 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Inquirer, an opinion piece: Reduction About The Case Of Ebola: Good News, But... Excerpt: Announcing the reduction in the number of Ebola cases yesterday at the daily press briefing at the Information Ministry, it was gathered that the... Continue reading
Posted 13 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The New Citizen: 24 Hour Curfew in Kono. Excerpt: Reports reaching the New Citizen indicate that police yesterday imposed a 24 hour curfew in Kono District in the Eastern part of Sierra Leone due to the riotous conduct of... Continue reading
Posted 24 minutes ago at H5N1
Via BBC News: Ebola: WHO emergency team holds talks on travel curbs. Excerpt: The World Health Organization's emergency committee is holding talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting in Geneva will examine screening measures at borders and consider whether... Continue reading
Posted 32 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S. troops. Excerpt: A plane carrying some 50 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help treat victims of Ebola in the West African country, where... Continue reading
Posted 37 minutes ago at H5N1
WHO has published Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis. Excerpt: Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million... Continue reading
Posted 43 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Metro, Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press interviews Dr. Joanne Liu: Park the Ebola blame, MSF president says. Excerpt: The international president of Medecins Sans Frontieres says it’s time to move on from the process of blame-laying for the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Erodes Recent Advances in West Africa. Excerpt: Nineteen thousand doctors and nurses will soon be needed to make a dent in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, but the world has yet to send more... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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The above chart shows the traffic to this site over the past month. As you can see, it's had a couple of spikes: first on October 3, when it was clear that one of Thomas Eric Duncan's nurses, Nina Pham,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The News International: Ebola screening desks established at major airports. Excerpt: Islamabad: Ebola screening desks have been established at major airports across Pakistan to enable emergency management of any Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case detected at points of entry... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via El Mundo: Teresa Romero ya sabe que su perro 'Excalibur' fue sacrificado.[Teresa Romero knows her dog Excalibur was sacrificed] Excerpt, with my translation: La auxiliar de enfermería Teresa Romero ya sabe que su perro 'Excalibur' ha sido sacrificado, según... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO. Excerpt: Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Many thanks to Dr. John Carroll for sending the link to this remarkable slide show from the Pulitzer Center: Mapping Cholera | A Tale of Two Cities. And don't dismiss the events it shows by supposing "They didn't know any... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the MSF Ebola blog, a post by American nurse Patricia Carrick: Personal possessions. Excerpt (but read the whole thing): When you enter the “high risk zone” in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you always go with a partner, never alone.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Awareness Times: Sierra Leone News: Okada Rider Trapped for Trafficking Ebola Patient. the full report and then a comment: A Motor bike rider Sheku Mansaray of Komende Luyama in the Lower Bambara who carried an Ebola patient from Levuma... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Local.dk: Denmark adds to its Ebola contributions. Excerpt: Denmark will contribute ten million kroner [US$1.7 million] to help Ghana serve as a regional leader in the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The development and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone increasing to rate of more than 20 deaths per day. Excerpt: The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone is increasing to more than 20 deaths daily, according to government... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: DHS boosts screening for travelers from Ebola outbreak nations. Excerpt: In a step to further tighten checks on travelers from Ebola-stricken countries, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that all travelers whose... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this news release from NIH: Update on Clinical Status of Ebola Patient at the NIH Clinical Center. Excerpt: The NIH has received countless inquiries and expressions of support for Ms. Nina... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in The Lancet: Assessment of the potential for international dissemination of Ebola virus via commercial air travel during the 2014 west African outbreak. The summary: Background The WHO declared... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this release from Homeland Security: Statement by Secretary Johnson on Travel Restrictions and Protective Measures to Prevent the Spread of Ebola to the United States. Today, as part of the Department... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News, a wry commentary by Washington correspondent Neil Macdonald: Can Fortress North America keep Ebola at bay? Most of the American public couldn't find Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea or Nigeria on a map. Their education about Ebola is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I have belatedly discovered MSF's excellent Ebola blog; a link to it is now in the Ebola Resources list. Here's the most recent post, this one from epidemiologist Kathryn Stinson: The Ebola Clinic. Excerpt (but read the whole thing): "Can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Case Recorded'. The case is a 70-year-old Saudi male in Taif with a pre-existing medical condition. A 50-year-old male expat in Najran has recovered. Two MERS cases... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1