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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 Education Week Teacher: Another Argument for Acting Like Finland. Click through for many links. If you follow my posts you know I spend a lot of time talking about teacher quality and teacher evaluations. So I was somewhat flummoxed by a paper put out by The New Teaching Project... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Finnish Education Forum
WHO has published Sierra Leone: Tracing Ebola in Tonkolili. Excerpt: When the Tonkolili District reported a new case of Ebola on 24 July 2015, it marked a change in the Sierra Leone Ebola response. A rapid response team was despatched... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via CTV News, an AP report: World Rowing officials demand viral testing of Rio Olympic water. Excerpt: The head of the governing body of world rowing said Tuesday he will ask for viral testing at the rowing venue for next... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via Nature News & Comment, an explainer by Declan Butler, Ewen Callaway, and Erika Check Hayden: How Ebola-vaccine success could reshape clinical-trial policy.Excerpt: For how long does the vaccine work? That is unknown. The trial was designed to test whether... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Middle East heatwave: power failures and rotting rubbish as Beirut is overwhelmed. The 30 seconds between the power outage and the generator kicking in feel like a lifetime. Sweat pools on eyebrows. The anticipation is unbearable. And... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Legionnaires’ Disease Death Toll in Bronx Climbs to 7. Excerpt: An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx has claimed three more lives, bringing the death toll to seven, New York City officials said... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
ECDC has published ​Vector maps: New information on ticks in Europe. Invasive mosquitoes in new areas in southern Europe. Click through to download the maps. The summary: New information on the geographical distribution of ticks and invasive mosquitoes in Europe... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: The effect of dose on the safety and immunogenicity of the VSV Ebola candidate vaccine: a randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 1/2 trial. The summary: Background Safe and effective vaccines against Ebola could prevent or control... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
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Credit: MSF Via MSF.org: Myanmar: MSF assisting thousands as worst flooding in decades hits parts of the country. After days of severe rains across swathes of Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Komen, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working with... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Vox.com, Julia Belluz writes: A new Ebola vaccine shows promise. But there's good reason for caution. Excerpt: Of the 2,014 people who were vaccinated immediately, no one got Ebola. In the other group — 2,380 individuals who got shot... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH : '4 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded. One of the new cases, a 78-year-old man in Riyadh, has already died, and an 86-year-old Saudi man, also in Riyadh, is in critical... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Korea Times: Park nominates new health minister. President Park Geun-hye has nominated medical professor Chung Chin-youb of Seoul National University as new health minister. "Chung is a well-qualified person to be a health minister who is responsible for... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via NEJM, an article including Zhong Nanshan among its authors: Human Infection with a Novel Avian Influenza A(H5N6) Virus. Excerpt: Multiple reassortant strains of novel, highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5) viruses in clade 2.3.4.4 have recently emerged and spread in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Hindu: Bengal blames Centre for encephalitis deaths. The West Bengal Health Minister on Monday accused the Centre of “delaying” the process of dispatching vaccine for encephalitis which has caused 55 deaths in North Bengal since January. “There could... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Irrawaddy: 35 Dead in Arakan State After Cyclone Komen Drowns Coast. Excerpt and then a comment: At least 35 people have died due to recent flooding in western Burma’s Arakan State alone, according to the state’s information department,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via DNA: Over 10,000 Mumbaikars down with monsoon-related illness in July. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department, 10,922 people were diagnosed with various ailments related to monsoons in July this year. The city continues to grapple with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, the International Organization for Migration has published IOM Sierra Leone Ebola Response Situation Report Issue 35 | 26 July – 1 August 2015. Click through to download the PDF. The overview: • A total of 3 confirmed cases... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Korea Bizwire: Psy to Heat Up City Hall Plaza. The report and then a comment: Singer Psy will perform on stage to revitalize the domestic tourism market that has struggled under the onset of the Middle East Respiratory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Los Angeles Times: Rocky fire in Northern California swells to 60,000 acres; 12,000 evacuated. Clear Lake is north of San Francisco and east of Point Arena. Click through for the full report, photos, and videos. Excerpt: More than... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CP24.com, an AP report: Ebola resurfaces in part of Sierra Leone free from virus for months. Excerpt: Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone's Tonkolili District after a man died last week in the area where the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Nature Middle East: Science revolution via social media. Excerpt: The announcement in 2014 that Egypt had invented “devices” that could diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis C virus in more than 90% of cases came as a great shock... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in the European Respiratory Journal: A tale of two global emergencies: tuberculosis control efforts can learn from the Ebola outbreak. Excerpt: In 1993, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH : '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded. Both are Saudi men in Riyadh, one 53 and in stable condition, the other 75 and in critical condition. The younger man, at least,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: DRC: MSF has vaccinated over 287,000 children against measles in four provinces. Excerpt: Since the beginning of the year, a measles epidemic has been ravaging Katanga Province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Office... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 31/2015. Click through to download the PDF ​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1