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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 Arab News: 16,000 renal failure patients reported in Saudi Arabia. Excerpt and then a comment: There are nearly 16,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom, of which two-thirds undergo dialysis, while almost 6,000 are waiting for a kidney transplant,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via teleSUR English: Long Lines Form on First Day of Rio's Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign. Excerpt: Long lines formed Saturday outside health stations on the first day of a campaign to vaccinate the entire population of Rio de Janeiro city... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Diana Anhalt for sending the link to this report in The Hollywood Reporter: Jean Rouverol Dead: Blacklisted Screenwriter Was 100. Excerpt: Jean Rouverol, who played W.C. Fields' daughter in It's a Gift and then became a screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood and driven with her husband to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blacklist
Via The Guardian: Italy's Five Star Movement blamed for surge in measles cases. Excerpt: An Italian health official has blamed an alarming rise in measles cases on the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), which has campaigned on an anti-vaccination platform... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Express Tribune: Chikungunya engulfs coastal belt of Karachi. Excerpt: Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral fever, has now taken over the coastal belt of Karachi after its first outbreak in Malir district last year. Thousands of patients have flocked to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Japan Times: Bird flu toll in Miyagi, Chiba kept down to 270,000 chickens. SENDAI – The chicken cull sparked by the nation’s latest bird flu outbreaks fell short of the originally planned goal of 300,000 Sunday as authorities... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Kathmandu Post: Authorities on high alert after detection of bird flu in Kaski and Sunsari. Mar 26, 2017- Authorities in Chitwan are on high alert after detecting avian influenza –H5N1 – in chickens in Kaski and Sunsari districts.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News: 100 years ago today, Canada's black battalion set sail for WWI and made history. Excerpt: They faced racism and discrimination, and they had to fight a battle at home before they could represent Canada in the First... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pioneers
Via The New York Times: U.S.-Led Coalition Confirms Strikes Hit Mosul Site Where Civilians Died. Excerpt and then a comment: The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Saturday that an initial review of recent airstrikes in Mosul, the Islamic State’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CNN.com, an opinion piece by Laurie Garrett: A huge sigh of relief on health care. We have dodged a bullet, if not a fusillade, and she explain why. You'd better read the whole article, because Garrett covers a lot... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
The National Institute of Health has published its Boletín Epidemiológico for week 11. On page 77, it reports that in week 11 of 2017, nine cases of (suspected) microcephaly and other congenital CNS defects were reported. Since week 1 od... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via NPR's Shots blog, an interview with Anne Case and Angus Deaton, authors of a new study on the rising mortality rates of poorly educated American whites: Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People. Excerpt: Deaton: We're thinking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Tuberculosis: Fewer than five per cent of people in need are treated with new drugs. Excerpt: Only 4,800 people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in 2016 were treated with two newer and much more effective medicines, even though these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu News Europe: Week 11/2017 (13 - 20 March 2017) • Influenza activity across the region continued to decrease with the great majority of countries reporting low intensity. • The proportion of influenza virus detections among sentinel surveillance specimens... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
MMWR has published Tuberculosis — United States, 2016. The summary: What is already known about this topic? An annual decline in the number of cases and incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States was found beginning in 1993 and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Epidemiological update: Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil. Excerpt: Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection present in some tropical areas of Africa and South America. In South America, there are two transmission cycles of yellow fever: -... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Usually I don't post MERS updates unless a new case, recovery or death has been reported. But the KSA MOH Command and Control Center has posted today's update: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. This appears to be the fourth... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: CDC reports 7 more babies born with Zika defects. Excerpt: Seven more babies have been born in the United States with Zika-related birth defects, raising the total to 54 and reflecting a steep rise, the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu in China, a report from the Henan HFPC: China: Henan reported one human H7N9 AIV case. A human H7N9 AIV case reported in Gushi county of Xinyang city in Henan province. The 75-year-old male patient, surname Liang, lived... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Egypt Independent, an Al-Masry Al-Youm report: Education minister suspends school meals over recurrent poisoning cases. Minister of Education Tarek Shawky has indefinitely suspended the distribution of school meals nationwide, starting Thursday until further notice. Shawky ordered the formation of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection, an update to WHO's report just below: CHP notified of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 24) received... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China. Excerpt: On 17 March 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 22 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Tyee, an article that first appeared in Policy Options: Think Tuberculosis Is a Thing of the Past in Canada? Think Again. Excerpt: Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease on the planet. Nevertheless, TB is not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the Brookings Institution, a major report: Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century. Click or tap through to download the full 60-age document. The news release: In “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century,” Princeton Professors Anne Case and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Getting pandemic prevention right. Excerpt: The voices of the countries most affected by Ebola have not been at the forefront of the numerous global commissions convened to review the crisis. The history of the HIV pandemic suggests... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1