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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 Jornal do Brasil: Yellow fever: Minas Gerais government decrees state of emergency. The edited Google translation: The government of Minas Gerais this Saturday (20) decreed a public health emergency in three regions of the state for six months because... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the American Journal of Public Health: Increases in Acute Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to a Growing Opioid Epidemic and Associated Injection Drug Use, United States, 2004 to 2014. The abstract: Objectives. To compare US trends in rates of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Lusakatimes.com: No Sunday Church Services for People in Kanyama, John Leing, Lilanda and George compounds. Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Reverend Godfridah Sumaili has ssaid that churches in Kanyama Township, John Laing and George compound should not... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Taiwan reports new bird flu cases. Taiwan has confirmed new outbreaks of bird flu at two farms in Changhua County, and culled more than 13,000 chickens and ducks, the island's animal and plant health inspection and quarantine bureau... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the American Journal of Public Health: The Effects of Household Medical Expenditures on Income Inequality in the United States. The abstract: Objectives. To assess the effect of households’ outlays for medical expenditures on income inequality and changes since the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Flu News Europe: Week 2/2018 (8–14 January 2018) • Influenza activity was increasing in countries in northern, southern and western Europe. • Both influenza types B and A viruses were co-circulating and different patterns of circulation were observed between... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Vanguard: Medical doctor tested positive to Lassa fever in Kogi — Medical director. Excerpt: Kogi State has recorded a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever as a medical doctor working with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) , Lokoja has been... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Dr. Peter Hotez, editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes: The rise of neglected tropical diseases in the "new Texas". The abstract: Within the last five years, the State of Texas has experienced either transmission or outbreaks of Ebola, chikungunya,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 1,041,492 cases and 2,244 deaths as of January 19. That is an increase of 1,244 cases and zero deaths in 24 hours. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via bioRxiv: The effect of education on adult mortality, health, and income: triangulating across genetic and policy reforms. The abstract: On average, educated people are healthier, wealthier and have higher life expectancy than those with less education. Numerous studies have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Google has picked up a couple of reports on this development, but they're from media that I can't excerpt in a post. And when I try to go to other media through ABYZ News, I can't get to Zimbabwe at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Awoko: Sierra Leone News: Ebola money embezzlement trial continues. The Executive Director, Programme Manager and Finance Officer of The Needy Today, a local NGO, were alleged to have misappropriated Le300 million[US$39,000] meant for vulnerable groups affected by the Ebola... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Science, Kai Kupferschmidt writes: A paper showing how to make a smallpox cousin just got published. Critics wonder why. Excerpt: Today, a highly controversial study in which researchers synthesized a smallpox relative from scratch is finally seeing the light... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to FluTrackers for tweeting about this development. Via La Verité: Bubonic Plague - Psychosis in Ankazobe! The edited Google translation: A new episode. After a few weeks of calm, the bubonic plague has resurfaced in Ankazobe. The inhabitants of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Yellow fever transmission could affect urban areas in Brazil, increasing the risk to travellers, especially during Carnival. Excerpt: Since September 2017, 34 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 20 deaths were reported by the Brazilian national authorities: in the states... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Flu outbreak: UK deaths triple with GPs seeing major rise in patients. Excerpt: Almost three times as many people are dying of flu in the UK this winter as last year, figures reveal. After 35 more deaths... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: Public urged to stay alert against avian influenza. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 19) urged the public to stay alert against the possible increasing activity... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Post: Lassa fever: Death toll rises to 4 in Ebonyi. The death toll of victims of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State has risen to four, while over 139 persons have been placed under surveillance in the state.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via STAT, an opinion piece: Most pregnant women aren't getting the flu vaccine. That needs to change. Excerpt: Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Global Health: Existing and potential infection risk zones of yellow fever worldwide: a modelling analysis. The summary: Background Yellow fever cases are under-reported and the exact distribution of the disease is unknown. An effective vaccine is available... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Public Health: The Zika Contraception Access Network: a feasibility programme to increase access to contraception in Puerto Rico during the 2016–17 Zika virus outbreak. The summary: Background Prevention of unintended pregnancy is a primary strategy to reduce... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
An editorial in The Lancet: Preparing for seasonal influenza. During the current northern hemisphere's winter, seasonal influenza activity has become worrisome. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is affecting the entire continental USA... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO's Cholera Response Dashboard reports 1,040248 cases and 2,244 deaths as of January 18. That is an increase of 1,243 cases and zero deaths in 24 hours. It's also worth noting that Yemen reached one million cases around December 20,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Thanks to @thelonevirologi for tweeting this item from the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. This is the latest of three updates just posted after a pause since January 15. Today's case is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
A news release from the Brazilian Ministry of Health: São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro antecipam campanha de vacinaçao de febre amarela.[São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro prepare for yellow fever vaccination campaign] Edited excerpt from the Google translation: The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1