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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 Vox.com, an article by Sarah Kliff: The New York Ebola patient is a brave and heroic doctor. Stop criticizing his bowling trip. The conclusion: We've seen that with the four other Ebola patients in the United States who spent... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Dynamics and control of Ebola virus transmission in Montserrado, Liberia: a mathematical modelling analysis. The summary and then a comment: Background A substantial scale-up... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via The Local.se: Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund. Excerpt: Sweden has offered a new sizeable contribution to the fund set up by UN chief Ban K-moon to fight the Ebola outbreak. New pledges of financial aid to... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a report by Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press: ‘No shortage of volunteers’ for clinical trial of Canadian-made Ebola vaccine. Excerpt: The risk of contracting Ebola virus in suburban Washington, D.C., is vanishingly low. In... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Sometimes the news just makes you cringe with embarrassment. Via Reuters: With U.S. Ebola fear running high, African immigrants face ostracism. Excerpt, with introductory warning paragraph:(Note: Please be advised that the second paragraph contains language that may be offensive to... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Australia's Ebola response a shambles, medical association president says. Excerpt: Australia’s response to Ebola has been a shambles, says the head of the country’s medical association who’s calling on the government to develop and announce a plan... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via the blog Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention, Dan posts: Bowling Alone. Click through for the full post and several links. Excerpt: Careful monitoring of symptoms and signs (fever) is sufficient for early detection of symptomatic Ebola infection and prevention... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times, an informative article: New Ebola Quarantine Protocol Seen as Barrier to Volunteers. Excerpt: On Friday, in a surprising move, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey imposed a... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
WHO has published Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report Update, 25 October 2014. Click through to download the 5-page PDF. The key numbers: Total cases in 8 countries, as of October 23: 10,141; deaths, 4,922. In the key countries: Guinea: 1,553... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Feature: Life of Chinese Ebola laboratory members in Sierra Leone. Excerpt: China sent a 59-member contingent of medical personnel to Sierra Leone in response to calls of the country for international aid to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Ebola Patient in New York Is Called a Doctor at Ease in Danger. Excerpt: A teenager named Robert Cedar moved to Michigan from Canada and began his sophomore year of high school without knowing a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for a heads-up on this story. Via AIP: The Guinean suspected Ebola and supposed to be returned to Cote d'Ivoire "is not sick," according to the Ivorian Ministry of Health. Excerpt from the Google translation: Abidjan,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
In the rush of events I've been neglecting CIDRAP's always-useful daily reports. Here's one from Lisa Schnirring: Ebola confirmed in NYC doctor as WHO warns about Mali. In US Ebola developments today, joy over a nurse's hospital discharge was tempered... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has issued a news release: WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine. Excerpt: WHO convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Ebola: MSF urges immediate action on vaccines and treatments for frontline workers. Excerpt: Following a high level meeting on access and funding for Ebola vaccines convened yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebola Screenings at Airports. Excerpt and then a comment: The governors of New York and New Jersey announced Friday afternoon that they were ordering all people entering the country... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Lucie Lecomte sends the link to this New York Post report: Mandatory quarantines for at-risk travelers from Ebola hot spots. Excerpt: If the feds won’t do it, we will. The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday imposed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this sad and worrying report in Liberation.fr: Mali: the death of the girl, the first cases of Ebola in the country. Excerpt from the Google translation, lightly edited:The first case of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I figured you meant something like that, and tried to email you before publishing your comment--but my note bounced. Well, now corrected.
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Via Reuters, an update: Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free. Excerpt: Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital's isolation unit, while... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published an extensive Epidemiological update: outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Excerpt: Since December 2013 and as of 19 October 2014, WHO has reported 9 936 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa including... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published a new situation assessment: Mali confirms its first case of Ebola. This is a long, detailed report. Excerpt: Mali’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola virus disease. The Ministry received positive laboratory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention, an important post by Dan: Morebola. Excerpt (but read the whole post): The news tonight about Dr. Craig Spencer, an MSF volunteer who recently returned from caring for Ebola patients in Guinea, is sobering... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF USA: Ebola: MSF Staff Member in U.S. Hospital. Excerpt: The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirmed today that one of its international staff members who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
The KSA MOH Command and Control Center has belatedly posted yesterday's update: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Case Recorded'. It has also posted today's update. So we now have a 73-year-old Saudi female in Riyadh. She is symptomatic and in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1