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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 the South China Morning Post: Hong Kong enters two-week watch for Zika virus. Excerpt and then a comment: Hong Kong has entered a critical two-week period under the threat of the dreaded Zika virus spreading locally, after confirming the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
WHO has published this week's Yellow fever situation report. Click or tap through to download the full report. The key updates: Angola epidemiological update (as of 18 August): • There have been no new confirmed cases since 23 June; •... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Irrawaddy: Insufficient Aid to Naga Region Contributes to More Measles Casualties. Excerpt: The death toll from a measles epidemic has risen to 68 in Burma’s remote Naga Self-Administered Zone, according to a regional lawmaker and other relief workers... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report from Terra.com: Sin control los contagios de zika entre embarazadas de Puerto Rico.[Zika infections in pregnant women in Puerto Rico out of control] Excerpt, with my translation: Tan sólo... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for alerting me to this story. Via Hoy.com.ni: Nace el primer bebé con microcefalia por zika en Nicaragua.[First baby born in Nicaragua with Zika-related microcephaly] The full report, with my translation: El Gobierno de Nicaragua confirmó... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Florida Health has published Department of Health Daily Zika Update. Excerpt: There are 15 new travel related cases today, three in Broward, three in Pinellas, one in Collier, one in Hillsborough, one in Orange, one in Sarasota and five involving... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Men can spread Zika virus sexually even if they have no symptoms, study finds. Excerpt: New Zika research released on Friday has found that the virus may spread sexually from a man to a woman even if... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
A news release from the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott: GOV. SCOTT: I’M TRAVELING TO D.C. TO DEMAND URGENT ACTION FROM CONGRESS ON ZIKA. Excerpt: BRADENTON, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will be in Washington... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via News-Medical.net: Researchers link sensory polyneuropathy with acute Zika virus infection. Excerpt: A group of researchers from Honduras, Venezuela and the USA has described the first case of sensory polyneuropathy associated with acute Zika virus infection. The scientific paper was... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Punch: Lassa fever: Lagos places LGs on alert. Excerpt: The Lagos State Government has ordered close monitoring of health centres and other traditional health institutions in the 57 local councils in the state. It was gathered that the... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Food and Drug Administration: FDA advises testing for Zika virus in all donated blood and blood components in the US. Excerpt: As a further safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the U.S. Food and Drug... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Local.it: Rescuers search for 15 still missing in Amatrice. Excerpt:A team of specialist rescue workers from Shanghai is searching for 15 people unaccounted for in Amatrice, the Lazio town torn apart by Wednesday's devastating earthquake. The team, coordinated... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via WHO, a somewhat belated report: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Thailand. Excerpt: On 30 July 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, announced a laboratory confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in an 18-year-old Kuwaiti... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. A 69-year-old Saudi man in Taif is a primary case. No recoveries or deaths are reported. Saudi Arabia seems to have settled into a "normal"... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via PLOS Currents Outbreaks, a report with implications for governments and health agencies: Lessons from Ebola: Sources of Outbreak Information and the Associated Impact on UC Irvine and Ohio University College Students. The abstract: Objectives. We examined the role of... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
CDC has updated its "At a Glance" overview of Zika Virus. Click or tap through to use the links: Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection* • US States and DC: 584 • US Territories: 812 *Source:... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via NPR's Shots blog: Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika. Excerpt: In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Congenital Zika virus syndrome in Brazil: a case series of the first 1501 livebirths with complete investigation. The summary: Background In November, 2015, an epidemic of microcephaly was reported in Brazil, which was later attributed to congenital... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via Cell Host & Microbe: A Multicomponent Animal Virus Isolated from Mosquitoes. The summary: RNA viruses exhibit a variety of genome organization strategies, including multicomponent genomes in which each segment is packaged separately. Although multicomponent genomes are common among viruses... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Healthcare IT News: Johns Hopkins opens world's first Zika virus center. Excerpt: Johns Hopkins Medicine has launched the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Zika Center, where medical professionals focus on caring for patients with the Zika virus. The center is touted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via TienPhong.vn, an August 24 report: Appears 3 H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Nghe An. Slightly edited excerpt from the Google translation: In the morning of 24/8, the information from Mr. Dang Van Minh - Vice Directors SDAH and livestock... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Florida Health: Department of Health Daily Zika Update. Excerpt: There are 11 new travel related cases today, three in Miami-Dade, two in Alachua, two in Orange, one in Duval, one in Monroe, one in Osceola and one in Polk.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: As earthquake death toll rises Italy questions why it was so unprepared. Excerpt: Italy is once more facing up to its failure to protect people from seismic disaster, as the toll from the earthquake that flattened three... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Many thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report from MetropoleHaiti.com, a source I didn't know about: More than 2000 cases of zika already identified in Haiti. The edited Google translation: Zika virus is gaining ground in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
This is certainly one of the strangest stories of the year: Via MSF USA: Central Mediterranean: MSF Condemns Attack on Rescue Vessel. The statement: On August 17, while conducting search and rescue operations off the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1