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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 The Globe and Mail: Canadian Forces firm on anti-malaria drug ahead of Africa mission. Excerpt: Val Reyes-Santiesteban is convinced she lost a military son to the neuropsychotic side effects of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, and she fears some of... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new case is an 85-year-old Saudi man in Medina, in critical condition. He is said to have had direct contact with camels. A 56-year-old... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
Via Science: Drug, HIV crises hit HHS nominee Price close to home. Excerpt: Representative Tom Price (R–GA), the physician and congressman who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), represents a wealthy suburban... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
A news release from WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office: WHO supports overwhelmed primary health care centre in Mosul with lifesaving medicines and medical supplies. Excerpt: WHO has successfully delivered life-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul city. The shipment, enough... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via Radio Poland: Outbreak of bird flu in Poland. Samples of dead birds have been sent to the State Veterinary Institute, which confirmed an infection by the H5 virus, commonly known as bird flu. The detected strain, H5N8, is not... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via KBS World Radio:Bird Flu Case Confirmed in Gangwon, 3.4 Mln Poultry Culled Nationwide. Excerpt: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Sunday a chicken in a farm in Cherwon in Gangwon Province tested positive for highly... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, an MSF report: Haiti: Many Unmet Needs Two Months After Hurricane. Excerpt: Two months after Hurricane Matthew devastated southwestern Haiti, thousands of people are still without adequate shelter, food and potable water, and some remote communities have not... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Shanghai Daily: Smog alert renewed for N. China. Excerpt: Some areas in northern China are likely to see another day of smog as the national observatory issued an orange alert for air pollution earlier Sunday. Heavy smog will stay... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: Whooping cough cases double, weak vaccine partially to blame. So far this year, 379 cases of whooping cough have been diagnosed in Finland, more than double the amount (165) recorded in 2015. Pertussis, better known as whooping... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Japan Times, a Kyodo report: Niigata culls 540,000 chickens to combat bird flu at two infected farms. South Korea is currently dealing with an outbreak of H5N6, and this is likely to be the same strain. The Niigata... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. A 45-year-old expatriate man in Riyadh is in critical condition. Meanwhile, a 68-year-old Saudi man in Alkharj has died. His case was first report on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. Both are primary cases in Saudi men— a 62-year-old in Sakakah and a 73-year-old in Medina. Both are in stable condition. No recoveries or deaths... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
The National Institute of Health has published its Boletín Epidemiológico for week 47. Here's my summary/translation of the Zika section, which begins on page 101. From the start of the endemic phase in week 29, through week 47, 4,394 cases... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ahead of Print -Oral Cholera Vaccine Coverage during an Outbreak and Humanitarian Crisis, Iraq, 2015. The abstract: During November–December 2015, as part of the 2015 cholera outbreak response in Iraq, the Iraqi Ministry of Health targeted... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu News Europe: Week 47/2016 (21–27 November 2016) • Influenza activity remained low, but has started to increase in some countries. • The number of virus detections among sentinel surveillance specimens increased to 16% of the total tested and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
As if Miami didn't have enough to worry about with Zika, the Miami Herald reports: Carfentanil surfaces in Miami-Dade as cops bust suspected dealer. Excerpt: Authorities have begun cracking down on carfentanil, a powerful synthetic opioid that masquerades as heroin,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Florida Health has published its Department of Health Daily Zika Update for December 2. Excerpt: There are two new travel-related cases today with one in Collier and one in Hillsborough. There are no new locally acquired cases today. The total... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump. Excerpt: Yes, the white working class is about to be betrayed. The evidence of that coming betrayal is obvious in the choice of an array of pro-corporate, anti-labor figures... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
If we didn't have Efecto Cocuyo, we would know even less than we do about the health situation in Venezuela. Here's a report posted yesterday: Brote de difteria sigue avanzando frente a la opacidad de autoridades de salud.[Outbreak of diphtheria... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ahead of Print -Cost-effectiveness of Increasing Access to Contraception during the Zika Virus Outbreak, Puerto Rico, 2016. The abstract: We modeled the potential cost-effectiveness of increasing access to contraception in Puerto Rico during a Zika virus... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Human IgG Antibody Response to Aedes Nterm-34kDa Salivary Peptide, an Epidemiological Tool to Assess Vector Control in Chikungunya and Dengue Transmission Area. The abstract: Background Arboviral diseases are an important public health concerns. Vector control... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '3 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The cases, all primary and two with camel contact, are scattered. Two are in Saudi men, one in critical condition; the third is in an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Science, a December 1 report: Southern Africa’s AIDS epidemic takes nosedive. Excerpt: Today is World AIDS Day, and three neighboring countries in southern Africa that have been hard-hit by HIV received remarkably good news. As part of a massive,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Science: Generation of influenza A viruses as live but replication-incompetent virus vaccines. The abstract: The conversion of life-threatening viruses into live but avirulent vaccines represents a revolution in vaccinology. In a proof-of-principle study, we expanded the genetic code of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
The National Environment Agency has published its Zika Cases & Clusters update for December. Two new cases are reported, and both of them appear to be in the Bedok cluster, which had been quiet for the past two weeks. So... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1