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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 email, a news release from WHO: NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: London Underground steps up cleaning regime to tackle superbugs. Excerpt: Industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands will be used in a bid to rid the tube network of eight of the most dangerous superbugs. Cleaning of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
A news release from PAHO: Zika in the Americas: A Storm in the Making. Excerpt: When the first case of Zika virus disease was diagnosed in Brazil in May, 2015, “The Americas had the unfortunate distinction of being a testing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via bioRxiv: The decline of malaria in Vietnam, 1991-2014. The abstract: A central component of malaria control initiatives throughout the world is the use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) for treatment of uncomplicated P. falciparium malaria. Despite the well-documented clinical... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via bioRxiv: International risk of yellow fever spread from the ongoing outbreak in Brazil. The abstract: The largest Yellow Fever (YF) outbreak in a decade in Latin America is underway in the Southeast of Brazil. In this article we provide... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
It's now just before 5:00 p.m. Friday on the west coast, and about 4:00 a.m. Saturday in Saudi Arabia. The last time the KSA MOH Command and Control Center posted a MERS update on its Statistics page was on June... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A news release from the City of Vancouver: Five overdose deaths reported for the week of June 12. During the week of June 12, Vancouver Police Department (VPD) reported five overdose deaths, up from four reported the previous week. Vancouver... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MMWR: Progress Toward Containment of Poliovirus Type 2 — Worldwide, 2017. The summary: What is already known about this topic? Poliomyelitis eradication is nearing completion. To sustain eradication, vaccine production, diagnostic, and research facilities retaining polioviruses will have to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference. Excerpt: Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya's capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP notified of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 23) is monitoring a notification from the National Health... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Moneyweb.za, a Reuters report: SA reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu, industry body says. Excerpt: South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province, agricultural industry body group AgriSA... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Eurosurveillance: Fall in new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) at selected London sexual health clinics since early 2015: Testing or treatment or pre-exposure prophylaxis. The abstract: Since October 2015 up to September 2016, HIV... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Estimating the number of secondary Ebola cases resulting from an unsafe burial and risk factors for transmission during the West Africa Ebola epidemic. The abstract: Background Safely burying Ebola infected individuals is acknowledged to be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Dr. Ralph Frerichs for alerting me to this op-ed in the Miami Herald, written by five Nobel Peace Prize winners: The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced. Their conclusion: MINUSTAH will leave Haiti in October, but the cholera epidemic the mission caused will rage on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cholera in Haiti
Via The Globe and Mail, Stephanie Nolen writes: In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins. Excerpt from a long report: Juan Coronel was so thin that his kneecaps jutted out like tent poles in his sweatpants. He was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Epidemiological update: Legionella in Dubai. Excerpt: The ECDC surveillance scheme (ELDSNet) for travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD) [1] has observed an increase in the number of cases associated with travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) since the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Nature News & Comment: Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Excerpt: Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill themselves could be the next step in combating antibiotic-resistant infections. Several companies have engineered such viruses, called bacteriophages, to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via NEJM, a perspective: Moving in the Wrong Direction — Health Care under the AHCA. The conclusion: The AHCA’s deep cuts to Medicaid, reduced individual-market subsides, and other provisions affecting insurance coverage would generate substantial federal savings, totaling $783 billion... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: U.N. blames warring sides for Yemen's 'man-made' cholera 'catastrophe'. Excerpt: U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien described the cholera outbreak in Yemen, which is fast approaching 300,000 cases, as a "man-made catastrophe" caused by the warring sides in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Estimating the future burden of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in India, the Philippines, Russia, and South Africa: a mathematical modelling study. The summary: Background Multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are emerging worldwide.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Infection-related microcephaly after the 2015 and 2016 Zika virus outbreaks in Brazil: a surveillance-based analysis. The summary: Background On Nov 11, 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health declared a Public Health Emergency of National Concern in response... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu in China, a report from the HFPC of Guizhou: China: Guizhou reported one human H7N9 case in Guiyang. According to the HFPC of Guizhou province, one unknown pneumonia case reported by the affiliated Baiyun hospital of Guizhou Medical... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu in China, a report from the HFPC of Sichuan: China: Sichuan reported two human H7N9 AIV case(Meishan city and Neijiang city). According to the authority, Sichuan province reported two human H7N9 AIV cases during 24th May to 2nd... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Dr. Peter Hotez for tweeting the news. Via Jurist.org: EU Court: vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without scientific proof. Excerpt: The European Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgement, PDF] Wednesday that vaccines can be blamed for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Finnish Institute in London: DEMOCRACY IS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE - Discussion paper on democracy education. Click or tap through to download the paper. The news release: One of the main missions of the Finnish Institute in London’s Society and Culture Programme is to contribute to and advance the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Finnish Education Forum