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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.
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The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response of the Ebola outbreak to Saturday, May 26, 2018. The case count remains stable from yesterday, thanks to four negative tests, but a suspected case in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Independent: Ebola vaccinations to begin in rural areas of DR Congo amid efforts to contain outbreak. Excerpt: Ebola vaccinations are set to begin in the two rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the latest deadly... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Manoramaonline.com: Nipah scare: Curbs on admitting patients at Kozhikode MCH. Excerpt: Kozhikode: Restrictions have been imposed on admissions at the Kozhikode medical college hospital in view of Nipah patients undergoing treatment there. All patients except those in the casualty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published External Situation Report 5, dated May 25, with data as of May 23. Excerpt: The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues. The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners carried... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Radio Okapi: Ebola: Kinshasa strengthens surveillance measures on the Congo River. Excerpt: The city of Kinshasa is stepping up surveillance measures against Ebola haemorrhagic fever, along the Congo River. According to the Minister of Transport and Communications, José Makila,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Beyond vaccines: improving survival rates in the DRC Ebola outbreak. Even as an experimental vaccine is being deployed to limit the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), provision of the clinical care... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Himalayan Times: Bird flu outbreak in Kathmandu. H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as bird flu, has been detected in two farms in the capital. The virus was detected in farms belonging to Hira Tamang at Dharmasthali in Tarkeshwor... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Rohingya threatened by infectious diseases. Excerpt: On a sweltering day in the southeast of Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees are collecting sandbags and bamboo to try and protect themselves from another disaster: the monsoon season. More than... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Dr. Oly Ilunga about to be vaccinated against Ebola. Credit: Ministry of Health Just posted by the Ministry of Health: EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response of the Ebola outbreak to Friday, May 25, 2018. Encouragingly, the case count... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via mediacongo.net,an AFP/VOIA/MCN report: Ebola virus: a contaminated priest in Mbandaka. The edited Google translation and then a comment: A Catholic priest was quarantined after being infected with Ebola in Mbandaka, a northwestern town in the Democratic Republic of Congo... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Third Indian state checks suspect cases in outbreak of rare brain-damaging virus. Excerpt: Officials in a third Indian state were checking on Friday if two people had been infected with the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the NGO blog ponabana: Children must be at heart of response to Ebola outbreak in the DRC. Excerpt from the Google translation: Children continue to be at risk and are affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian, an excellent opinion piece: A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? Excerpt: This year marks a century since some women got the vote; a century since the end of the first world... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
A news story from ECDC: Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo: the risk of introduction to the EU remains very low. Click or tap through to download the full rapid risk assessment. Excerpt: Ebola cases in urban areas... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle. Excerpt: With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring wrote on May 24: DRC Ebola responders trace high-risk contacts in Mbandaka. Excerpt: Health officials are closely tracking contacts of two patients who were taken out of an Ebola isolation facility in the city of Mbandaka,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo: lessons learned. Excerpt: As we went to press, there had been 46 Ebola virus disease cases reported, including 26 deaths, according to WHO. The Ebola virus outbreak appears to have started... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
The Tyee has published my article Global Stakes High in New Ebola Outbreak. Excerpt: Sometime in April, someone living in Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Ebola. Health authorities still don’t know who the index case was.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
The first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Rae and Health met in Edinburgh May 17-19. This editorial in The Lancet Public Health is a response: No public health without migrant health. Excerpt: Public opinion on migration plays an important part... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Channel NewsAsia, an AFP report: Catholic priest 'infected with Ebola' in DR Congo - Channel NewsAsia. Excerpt and then a comment: MBANDAKA, DR Congo: A Catholic priest has been quarantined after being infected with the Ebola virus in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response of the Ebola outbreak to Thursday, May 24, 2018. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION Thursday, May 24, 2018 The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus Disease dated May 23, 2018:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Actualite.CD: DRC: Bad luck, witchcraft, return on what is being said about Ebola in Mbandaka (Testimonials). Edited excerpt from the Google translation: In Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people, where two people died of Ebola the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Atlantic, another excellent article by Ed Yong: Vaccines Alone Won't Beat Ebola. Excerpt: Three people who had been infected with Ebola recently left an isolation ward at Wangata Hospital against medical advice, according to the Democratic Republic of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for tweeting the link to this NEJM article: Keeping Your Cool — Doing Ebola Research during an Emergency. Excerpt: Two key international actors, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors without Borders) and the World Health Organization... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds. Excerpt: Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1