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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 L'Express de Madagascar, an October 23 report: Epidemic - A Frenchman succumbs to the plague in Toamasina. The edited Google translation: A Frenchman in his forties has died in the emergency department of Toamasina Be Hospital this Saturday morning,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a UNICEF report: Madagascar: Plague Outbreak Situation Report, 22 October 2017. The highlights: • On October 4 the Government launched its response plan, mobilizing community authorities and civil servants, reducing large gatherings, and temporarily closing schools – currently... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
An October 22 statement by Uganda's health minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, Uganda will for the first time ever host the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) conference, from 25 – 27 October, 2017 at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via STAT, Helen Branswell writes: Robert Mugabe's appointment to 'ambassador' post rescinded by WHO. After summarizing the WHO DG's statement, Branswell goes on: The statement did not explain what Tedros hoped to gain by appointing Mugabe to the ceremonial role... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via L'Express de Madagascar, an October 21 report: Prevention of the plague - The resumption of classes postponed to November. The edited Google translation:Two weeks of school break. All schools, private and public, in areas where the plague is rife,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO EMRO has posted an update on its cholera page: as of October 21, it reports 859,410 cholera cases and 2,175 deaths since the outbreak began on April 27. This is an increase of 6,548 cases since October 19, the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A statement from Dr. Tedros: Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment. Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via L'Express de Madagascar, an October 21 report: Health workers hunted down in Toamasina. The edited Google translation: Outreach, surveillance and response to the plague in Toamasina nearly turned sour the day before yesterday. Health workers and volunteers working in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Madagascar's BNGRC has published its October 21 update on plague cases, and I'm still feeling uncertain about its numbers. But for what they're worth: • New cases today: 29. • Recovered today: 37. • Died today: 1. • Cases under... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via bioRxiv: Impact of global change on future Ebola emergence and epidemic potential in Africa. The abstract: Animal-borne or zoonotic human diseases (e.g., SARS, Rabies) represent major health and economic burdens throughout the world, disproportionately impacting poor communities. In 2013-2016,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Africa Times: Tedros walks back 'surreal' Mugabe decision, rethinks WHO goodwill appointment. Excerpt and then a comment: The director general of the World Health Organization appeared Saturday to be walking back his decision to make President Robert Mugabe of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Madagascar's Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes, better known as BNGRC, has published its plague update for October 20. It's in a new format, and I find the numbers very confusing. The update for the 19th was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Mugabe welcomed by Uruguay's President Tabaré Vásquez. Credit: Presidential photographer Joseph Nyadzayo. Earlier today, I posted Helen Branswell's report on the appointment of Robert Mugabe as WHO's goodwill ambassador on noncommunicable diseases. It certainly looks like the first serious misstep... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published the October 20 update on cholera in Yemen on its Interactive Dashboard: 856,626 cases and 2,175 deaths since the outbreak began on April 27. This is an increase of 3,764 cases and two deaths in the past... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the South China Morning Post: Pollution claims 1.8 million lives in China, latest research says. Excerpt and then a comment: Produced by a team of 40 scientists – including one from Renmin University in Beijing – the report said... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Independent Online: SA chicken industry wiped out by bird flu, egg prices on the rise. The strain isn't mentioned, but it's H5N8. Excerpt: South Africa faces the possibility of having to import eggs as bird flu continues to decimate... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to André Picard for tweeting the link to this jaw-dropping STAT report by Helen Branswell: Robert Mugabe is appointed a WHO goodwill ambassador, stunning critics. Excerpt: The new head of the World Health Organization has named Zimbabwean President Robert... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Madagascar Tribune: WHO authorizes use of family tombs for plague victims. Edited excerpt from the Google translation: A new protocol was implemented for the first time in Madagascar on 19 October 2017 in Toamasina. This was stated by the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via L'Express de Madagascar: Epidemic - The milestone of one hundred plague dead approaches. The edited Google translation: The hundred milestone will soon be surpassed in terms of suspected plague deaths. The Ministry of Public Health yesterday reported ninety-five deaths... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published: Influenza surveillance for the 2017-2018 season is starting. Excerpt: ECDC monitors and reports on influenza transmission and virus circulation in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season, in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters: Red Cross warns stigma could worsen Madagascar plague outbreak. Excerpt:The death toll from the plague which is spreading in Madagascar has risen close to 100, and the Red Cross has warned that growing stigma attached to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Plague kills 94 in Madagascar, WHO says working to prevent spread. Yesterday's BNGRC update said 95 have died. Excerpt: A plague epidemic has killed 94 people on the island of Madagascar and could spread further, the World Health... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
A news release: WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border. Excerpt: WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. At least one person... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via STAT, an article on The Lancet Commission on Pollution: Pollution to blame for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide, study finds. Excerpt: • Diseases driven by pollution accounted for 1 in every 6 deaths in 2015. The bulk of those... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's October 19 Cholera Response Dashboard: 852,862 cholera cases and 2,173 deaths in Yemen since April 27. This is an increase of 3,277 cases and two deaths in 24 hours. We seem to see a gradual reduction in the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1