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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.
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Via The New York Times, a powerful and distressing report by Jeffrey Gettleman: Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone. Excerpt: KISSI TOWN, Sierra Leone — Military choppers thunder over the slums. Nearly a thousand British soldiers are... Continue reading
Posted 24 minutes ago at H5N1
The H5N1 outbreak in Kerala state may be spreading. Via The New Indian Express: Bird Deaths in District Attributed to Viral Infection. Excerpt: Even as numerous birds continue to die in the district, the Health Department is yet to confirm... Continue reading
Posted 41 minutes ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link this allAfrica.com report from Heritage: Liberia: Gov't Orders All Beaches Closed On November 29. Excerpt: The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Deputy Minister of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: First human trial of NIH-GSK Ebola vaccine shows promise. Excerpt: Researchers from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and GSK today reported promising initial findings from early human tests for one of two Ebola vaccines... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via the South China Morning Post: Scientists in Yunnan unlock secrets of 'magical' microbe-killing plant. Excerpt: Scientists say they have discovered that the pepper-like fruit of a plant native to Yunnan can kill germs as efficiently as antibiotics, with few... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: Ebola Doctor Alarmed over Male Survivors Infecting Partners. Excerpt: Dr. Atai Omurutu, head doctor at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment unit, has raised an alarm over the disturbing incidents of male Ebola survivors infecting their partners... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, an IFRC report: CAR: Ebola virus disease Preparedness DREF operations n° MDRCF018 update. Click through to download the PDF. Excerpt: A fast-spreading outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is affecting several countries in West Africa. In February... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: Canada sending 40 military personnel to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. Excerpt: The federal government is sending as many as 40 health-care and support staff from the Canadian Forces to Sierra Leone to help combat... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Local.it: Italian Ebola patient in 'stable' condition. Excerpt: An Italian doctor battling the deadly Ebola virus is in a “stable” condition, Italian media reported. The doctor, the first Italian to contract the virus, still has a fever of... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via Haitilibre.com: Haiti - Cholera : Peak in the number of suspected cases. Excerpt: According to the latest figures from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN (OCHA), the cholera epidemic in Haiti has generated 712.330... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via Awoko.org: NERC boss asks for understanding with Kerry Town. Excerpt: National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) Chief Executive Officer, Retired Major Palo Conteh in his usual Wednesday press conference has said he is disappointed with Kerry Town because they are... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report in the Calgary Sun: Ebola protocols enacted in Calgary for patient showing signs of 'potential contagious illness'. Excerpt: Health care officials transferred a patient who may have a contagious... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. Two persons have recovered: a 48-year-old Saudi female in Alkharj and a 58-year-old Saudi male in Riyadh. Neither is a healthcare worker. No deaths are reported.... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene: Situation of the Ebola virus disease on the date of November 26, 2014. Excerpt from the Google translation: Date Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the situation of the fight against Ebola virus disease... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
ECDC has published HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2013. Click through to download the PDF. The abstract: Three decades after the beginning of HIV surveillance in Europe, HIV infection continues to be of major public health importance in the Region. In... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
On his blog Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston writes: Bird Flu Reports From India, Japan, Korea & Taiwan. This is the kind of post that makes him one of the best in Flublogia: informative and documented, putting his subject in... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Ebola: 'survivors are left alone to carry their pain and loneliness'. Excerpt: Isaac Bayoh, 25, volunteers as an Ebola quarantine and awareness worker. He is part of a team that isolates the houses of those who have... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Inquirer: Ebola Survivors Warned Against Unsafe Sex. Excerpt: Ebola survivors have been urged to follow instructions and avoid having sexual intercourse until the period of ninety days or they would risk infecting their spouses. Dr. Francis Nah Kateh,... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Telegraph, a report by Dr. Felicity Fitzgerald: Ebola diary: where is everybody? A few months ago I read a blog of an MSF volunteer who found himself shouting over the beautiful jungled canopy of Sierra Leone “Where is... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Local.de: Ebola-ready jet prepared for take off. Excerpt: Come take a tour of special medical evacuation jet the Robert Koch, which is designed to transport patients with Ebola and was unveiled on Thursday at Berlin's Tegel Airport. Foreign... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via VOA: Guangzhou Hotel Serves as China’s Ebola Quarantine. Click through for a video. Excerpt: A hotel in this southern port city is a key part of China’s largely unreported measures to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from reaching its... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via J-source.ca: Covering Ebola: Preparing for the unimaginable. Click through for the 15-minute video interview with CBC producer Stephanie Jenzer. The introduction: Part of the J-Source IRB’s mandate is to peer under the hood of important international stories to examine... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via Awareness Times: Kenema Ebola Burial team begs Forgiveness for Inhuman Acts. Excerpt: The Head of Kenema Ebola Burial Team, Solomon Williams has revealed to the Awareness Times that the protest made by some members of his team was unwarranted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via NDTV.com: One Indian has Died of Ebola Infection: Government. Excerpt: NEW DELHI: One Indian employed in Liberia has died of Ebola virus infection earlier this year, the government said today. "As per reports available with the government, there has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Times of India: It is H5N1 but central team plays down fear. "Central" means the national government in Delhi. Excerpt: A two-member central team that visited bird flu-affected areas of Kuttanad on Wednesday said there was only a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1