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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.
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WHO has published Liberia and Guinea discharge final Ebola patients in latest flare-up and begin 42 days of heightened surveillance. Liberia’s and Guinea’s last known Ebola patients in a latest flare-up of the disease that hit both countries have now... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via the Gulf Times: Camel worker tests positive for Mers in Qatar. Excerpt: A 40-year old camel worker has tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV), the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced. It is the... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: Education and Culture Ministry launches campaign to combat racism, hate speech. Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will take the lead in a programme aimed at combating and preventing hate speech and racism. The 10-point programme will involve measures such as training for teaching professionals, youth outreach... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via bioRxiv: Zika virus, a new threat for Europe? The abstract: Background: Since its emergence in 2007 in Micronesia and Polynesia, the arthropod-borne flavivirus Zika virus (ZIKV) has spread in the Americas and the Caribbean, following first detection in Brazil... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via Diario de Pernambuco: Casos de chikungunya dobram em duas semanas. The edited Google translation: The new arboviruses bulletin released by the Recife Health Department brought a sobering statistic. In two weeks, the confirmed cases of chikungunya almost doubled in... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via Stuff.co.nz: More come forward with measles, at least 10 confirmed cases in the Waikato. Excerpt: Several more people are under investigation for measles in the recent outbreak in the Waikato. There are now 10 confirmed cases of measles and... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: How Ebola Destroyed Maternal Health Gains in Sierra Leone. Click or tap through for the full report and a slide show. Excerpt: When she went into labor last November, 18-year-old Kema James climbed onto the... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The case is a 40-year-old expatriate, not a healthcare worker, in Riyadh; he is in critical condition. Meanwhile as 25-year-old Saudi man in Riyadh has... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet, a very interesting online-first article: REACTing: the French response to infectious disease crises. "REACTing" means "research and action targeting emerging infectious diseases." Excerpt: REACTing has forged a new dynamic to face emergency situations and contribute to national... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Earthquake in Ecuador: “We want to restore people’s normal daily activities”. Excerpt: Pedernales, in the province of Manabi, was one of the districts most badly damaged by the earthquake that struck Ecuador on 16 April. In less than... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 17/2016. Click or tap through to download the complete report. The summary: Seasonal influenza – Europe In week 16/2016, influenza activity continued to decrease in the WHO European Region. Most... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for alerting me to this report in bioRxiv: Statistical Analysis of Zika Virus Correlation to Microcephaly. The abstract: A Statistical Analysis was performed to probe the correlation between the Zika Virus (ZIKV) and its possibility to... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via NBC News, a report by Maggie Fox: Zika Virus Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg', Experts Say. Excerpt and then a comment: The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Newborn baby among dead after shipwrecks in Mediterranean. Excerpt: A newborn baby is among 99 people believed to have drowned in two separate shipwrecks off the Libyan coast this weekend, according to survivors who arrived in Italy.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this post by Dr. Dave O'Connor in the Zika Open-Research Portal: ZIKV-001 animals are protected from rechallenge. The initial objective of ZIKV-001 was to determine if macaques could be infected with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in Virologica Sinica: Phylogenetic analysis revealed the central roles of two African countries in the evolution and worldwide spread of Zika virus. The abstract: Recent outbreaks of Zika virus... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Yellow fever kills two in Uganda. Excerpt: Uganda's ministry of health on Friday announced that two people have died of yellow fever since the disease broke out in central and western parts of the country early this month.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Folha de Pernambuco, a sobering report: Na era zika, sífilis avança.[In the age of Zika, syphilis advances] Edited excerpt from the Google translation: Congenital syphilis, a widely known, centuries-old disease that causes serious problems in babies, goes forgotten in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Times: Anti-polio campaign to start in 15 districts tomorrow. Excerpt: LAHORE: Punjab would hold a three-day anti-polio campaign in 15 selected districts from tomorrow, said Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique on Saturday. Rafique... 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 case is a 55-year-old Saudi man who had contact with camels; he is in critical condition. A 53-year-old Saudi man in Najran has died.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Atlantic: You're More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash. This article is based on Global Catastrophic Risks 2016, a report by the Global Challenges Foundation. Excerpt: Any year, there’s always some chance... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report in Le Monde: L’épidémie de Zika officiellement déclarée en Guadeloupe. Edited excerpt from the Google translation: A Zika epidemic was officially declared in Guadeloupe, Friday, April 30. Nearly 2,100... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Hoy, an ACAN-EFE report: Aumenta a 157 la cifra de enfermos de zika en Nicaragua.[Zika virus cases in Nicaragua rise to 157] Excerpt, with my translation: El número de enfermos de zika en Nicaragua subió a 157, según un... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this new report in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease: The recent outbreaks of Zika virus: Mosquito control faces a further challenge. The abstract: The recent outbreaks of Zika virus... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Express Tribune: Another polio case detected in Shikarpur. A four and a half-year-old boy in Shikarpur became the latest polio patient and the second in the same union council over the past two months, provincial health officials confirmed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1