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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.
Recent Activity
Via The New York Times, a report by Donatella Lorch: Uncertainty and Helplessness Become a Way of Life in Nepal. Excerpt: KATHMANDU, Nepal — I am not the old me. It is not something I would have noticed a month... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WHO, a news release with a bland headline but an ominous warning buried deep inside: WHA reaches agreement on polio, International Health Regulations and strengthening surgical care. Thanks to Sharon Sanders at FluTrackers for spotting this passage (with her... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Deutsche Welle, an excellent report: From an Ebola survivor to an Ebola fighter. Excerpt: Haja Fatmata Kargbo (pictured above) quickly washes her hands without even looking at the blue bucket. A quick temperature check and she heads down the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WorldStage News: 250 Nigerian Ebola volunteers return from Liberia, Sierra Leone. Excerpt: After successfully helping to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone, a total of 250 Nigeria volunteers returned into the country... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via News19.com, a Bihari news source, a May 21 report: Deadly brain fever makes a comeback in Muzaffarpur, 6 kids test positive. As the climate takes a turn again, the deadly brain fever (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome) has started taking small... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Kansas State University: Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains. Excerpt: A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Sterile mosquitoes released in China to fight dengue fever. Excerpt: This spring, a team of scientists has been driving around a small island in Guangzhou, southern China, releasing more than half a million mosquitoes from plastic pots... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: ‘It was like a killing field in the sea’: Indonesian fishermen at front lines of migrant crisis. Click through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: The call on the fisherman’s radio was urgent.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Market Business: In Pocahontas County: Turkey Farm with 21,000 birds reports new bird flu case. If confirmed, this will be the first case in the county since May 8. DES MOINES, Iowa —In a Pocahontas County: Turkey Farm... Continue reading
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new case is a 68-year-old woman in Hafoof; she is in critical condition. A 75-year-old Saudi man in Begig has died. No recoveries are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MuscatDaily.com: Man detected with MERS-CoV in UAE had travelled to Ibri on May 6. The man who was tested positive for MERS-CoV in Abu Dhabi recently had travelled to Ibri in Dhahirah on May 6. The National IHR Focal... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Zeenews, bad news: Encephalitis claims first victim in Bihar this year. Patna: A child has died due to the deadly mosquito-borne disease Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district - the first in the state this year, an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Tanzania: Cholera outbreak among Burundian refugees. Excerpt: A cholera outbreak has struck overcrowded camps where thousands of Burundian refugees are gathering in Tanzania. According to the World Health Organization, 15 confirmed cholera cases and more than 1,000 acute... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Des Moines Register: Poultry producers frustrated with bird flu response. Excerpt: Merlin DeGroot is stuck. He's had thousands of dead chickens sitting on his egg farm for weeks, attracting flies and smelling worse each day. "I don't know... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Arab News: Al-Falih: MERS checked. Excerpt and then a comment: GENEVA: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih stressed the importance of supporting primary health care in GCC [Gulf Coast Countries] countries in order to reduce economic burdens, noting that diabetes is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Des Moines Register: Turn school into egg producer's biosecurity site? Excerpt: CORWITH, Ia. –One of the largest egg producers in the nation wants to take over a soon-to-close high school here to use as a biosecurity facility. Hawkeye... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Independent: Greek hospitals cannot afford painkillers, scissors or sheets as budget cuts bite.Excerpt: Greek hospitals have run out of supplies such as painkillers, scissors and sheets as swingeing budget cuts have left the health service unable to provide... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Mike Perett for sending the link to this report in Le Nouvelliste: Cholera, MSPP "no deaths for the month of May". The website doesn't allow copy and paste, but here's a paraphrase from the Google translation: According to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Korea Times: Health minister calls for preventive measures to fight MERS. Excerpt: Health and Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said Saturday the government will strengthen measures to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infection. "The government will let the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
On his VDU's blog, Dr. Ian Mackay writes: Guinea EVD cases rise - but not like have before. Excerpt: The uptick in cases this week from, in particular, Guinea interrupted what was looking promisingly like a continuous downward trend in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new case is a 77-year-old Saudi woman in Hufof; she is in critical condition in intensive care, and had contact with suspected or confirmed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: South Sudan: Alarming humanitarian situation as conflict escalates. Excerpt: Escalating fighting in South Sudan is exposing civilians to widespread violence and severely restricting the provision of desperately needed aid, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. An upsurge of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Omaha.com, a World-Herald report: Nebraska confirms its third case of bird flu. Excerpt: Nebraska agriculture officials on Friday confirmed the third case of avian flu in the state, again in Dixon County, and Nebraska Department of Agriculture director Greg... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via email, a news release from WHO: Delegates at the World Health Assembly made a series of decisions stemming from the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. These give the WHO Secretariat the go-ahead to carry out structural reforms so it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News, a disturbing Associated Press report: Ebola cadavers concealed, spread disease on public transit in Guinea. Excerpt: Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1