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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 Florida Health: Department of Health Daily Zika Update: 17 New Travel-Related Cases. Excerpt: There are 17 new travel-related cases today with three in Palm Beach, two in Brevard, two in Broward, two in Orange, one in Escambia, one in... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in JAMA: Infectious Disease Expert Sees Threat From Colistin-Resistant Superbug. Excerpt: Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Siberian Times: First anthrax outbreak since 1941: 9 hospitalised, with two feared to have disease. Click or tap through for the full report and many photos. Excerpt: Up to 1,200 deer have been lost in the Yamalsky district... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Pasi Penttinen for re-tweeting Mika Salminen's link to this report in The Independent Barents Observer: Urgent evacuation of reindeer herders from Arctic anthrax outbreak zone. Excerpt: 13 people are hospitalized and 1,200 reindeer are dead on the tundra... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via VietNam News: Dengue fever danger comes back nationwide. Excerpt: Dengue fever is spreading rapidly in Việt Nam with 14 fatalities over the past seven months, the Ministry of Health said. More than 44,800 patients were reportedly infected in 46... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Miami Herald: Zika virus: Travel ruled out in suspected local infections, Florida surgeon general says. Excerpt: Florida epidemiologists have ruled out travel as a possible source for two Zika infections — one in Miami-Dade and one in Broward... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Secretariat of Health: Salud reforzará medidas preventivas para combatir el zika en todo el territorio nacional.[Health will strengthen preventive measures to fight Zika nationwide] Excerpt, with my translation: Ante el nacimiento de 8 bebés con microcefalia asociados con... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, ECDC has published Hepatitis B and C among migrants – finding the risk groups. Click or tap through to download the full report and use the links. Excerpt: ​It is estimated that possibly... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via hd.stheadline.com: Beijing 36-year-old man in critical condition dye H7N9 avian influenza. The edited Google translation: Beijing has added a case of human infection with avian influenza A H7N9. The male patient is in critical condition, and is currently being... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Nigeria: MSF warns of large-scale humanitarian disaster in Borno State. Excerpt: More than 500,000 people are living in catastrophic and unsanitary conditions in a number of villages and towns across Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, according to Médecins Sans... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via Florida Health: Daily Zika Update: Six New Travel-Related Cases. Excerpt:There are six new travel-related cases with two in Broward, one in Miami-Dade, one in Hillsborough, one in Orange and one involving a pregnant women. According to CDC, symptoms associated... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the IFRC: Angola: Red Cross races against time to halt yellow fever outbreak before rainy season begins. It is another busy day at the ’Quilômetro trinta’ market in Viana, a municipality in Luanda Province. Considered as one of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MMWR: Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure — United States, July 2016. It's one of two related updates released on July 25. I'm not excerpting it, because the content... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Florida Health, the July 25 update: Five New Travel-Related Cases. Excerpt: There are five new travel-related cases with two in Miami-Dade, one in Okaloosa, one in Orange and one involving a pregnant women. According to CDC, symptoms associated with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WHO's Regional Office for Africa: WHO and Ministry of Health expand cholera response to minimize future risk. Excerpt: In a move to prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan with support from the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Zika virus risk at Rio Olympics 'negligible', says Yale report. Excerpt: Spain has reported what is said to be the first birth in Europe of a baby with Zika virus-related brain damage, according to the health authority... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Very bad news for global health. Via The Guardian: Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict. Excerpt: Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Declan Butler for tweeting the link to this long June 16 post by Drs. Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman: Zika Risk in U.S. States: Widespread or Limited? The White House Hijacks a Key CDC Message to Attack... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Ministry of Health and Social protection: Colombia, primer país del continente que cierra epidemia de zika.[Colombia, first country on the continent to declare end of Zika epidemic] The full statement, with my translation: El Ministerio de Salud y... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News, a Thomson Reuters report: Colombia declares end to Zika epidemic inside country. Excerpt: The epidemic of the Zika virus has officially ended in Colombia, the country's vice health minister said on Monday, 10 months after the mosquito-borne... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
From Declan Butler at Nature News & Comment, an absolute must-read: Brazil asks whether Zika acts alone to cause birth defects. Excerpt: The northeast was where the first reported surge in microcephaly cases in Brazil began a year ago. Health... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for tweeting the link to this EurekAlert! news release: Study suggests 1.6 million childbearing women could be at risk of Zika virus infection. Excerpt: Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via El Mundo: Nace el primer bebé en España con microcefalia a causa del Zika.[First baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly] Excerpt, with my translation: Esta mañana ha nacido en el Hospital Vall d'Hebron de Barcelona el primer bebé... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Insecurity hampers fight against cholera outbreak in S. Sudan: health agencies. Excerpt: Twelve-year-old South Sudanese William Nyarcoth has spent five days in a cholera treatment center at Juba Teaching Hospital after developing severe diarrhea that left him dehydrated... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Poultry Site: Bird Flu Kills Poultry in Three Areas of Taiwan. Three new outbreaks of H5N8 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan. The three outbreaks were detected in chickens in an abattoir in Taipei... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1