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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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I've just spent a little time going through the KSA MOH Command and Control Center's Statistics reports for February. Following the cases day by day shows how suddenly they increased. During the first week and a half in February we... Continue reading
Posted 14 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Local.se: Measles outbreak spreads to Sweden. Excerpt: Sweden has recorded its first case of measles linked to the recent massive outbreak across Europe with healthcare services responding with calls for extra vigilance. The patient, who was unvaccinated, is... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '7 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. All but one of the new cases are in Riyadh, with one in Buraydah. Three are healthcare workers, indicating that infection control remains an aspiration... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times, a February 27 report: Pakistani Officials Issue Arrest Warrants Over Refusals of Polio Vaccine. Excerpt: PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Determined to curb Pakistan’s polio crisis, police officials in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said Friday that... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Times of India: Now, state is H1N1's top hunting ground. Excerpt: Gujarat has achieved the ignominious distinction of being the state with the highest number of swine flu deaths in the country since January 1. On Saturday, with... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP notified of two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (March 1) closely monitoring two additional... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Washington Post, a long article that will likely be the definitive one on this tragedy: The fear of Ebola led to slayings — and a whole village was punished. Excerpt: Nearly six months after the Womey massacre, the... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the South China Morning Post: Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China. Excerpt: A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
This is a discouraging way to end the month. Via The New York Times: Nearly Halted in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes Comeback by Sea. You'd better read the whole thing. Excerpt: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — It seemed as if the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
This ls a very big story in The Dallas Morning News: Exclusive: Nurse Nina Pham after Ebola: Terrible side effects, lawsuit against employer. Excerpt from a long report and then a comment: Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I've added a new list of books on infectious diseases; you'll find it at the bottom of the middle column. It reflects a very agreeable vice I've developed in my old age: when I find a book that interests me,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from the UN Development Programme: Confronting the gender impact of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Click through to download the PDF. The summary: Women need to be at the center of all... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Saudi Gazette: Special clinics to segregate suspected MERS patients. Excerpt: The Ministry of Health has set up specially-equipped external clinics at every public hospital to check and assign patients to the right emergency wards and specialized clinics, announced... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Sierra Leone vice president places himself in Ebola quarantine. Excerpt: Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had placed himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Ebola survivors commend Chinese medical team. Excerpt: "But for the treatment I received from the Chinese, I should not be alive today," said Memunatu Fofanah when recalling the experience at a Chinese treatment center in Sierra Leone after... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '4 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new cases are all men; three are expatriates, and one is healthcare worker. An expatriate man in Najran has recovered, and a 40-year-old man... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times, a February 26 report: Fatality Rate Is Falling in West African Ebola Clinics. Excerpt: Seattle - As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa wanes, physicians from Doctors Without Borders are confronting a mystery: More of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: University of Toronto instructor and speaker boosts ‘alternative vaccines’. Excerpt: A homeopath who promotes ineffective “alternative vaccines” and counsels patients about the dangers of immunization is an instructor at the University of Toronto and a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Ebola halts HIV progress in Sierra Leone, says UN. Excerpt: The West African Ebola outbreak has halted progress in tackling HIV in Sierra Leone, shutting health clinics and scaring patients from being tested or seeking treatment, the United... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a great column by Elizabeth Renzetti: Remember the U.S. Ebola crisis? The only epidemic was fear-mongering. Excerpt: Remember the great North American Ebola hysteria of ’14? The baseless quarantines, the helicopters following the first infected... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via NBC News, a fascinating report: Ebola Victim Returns to Liberia, Aids Research. Click through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: Nancy and David Writebol are headed back to Liberia this weekend, eight months after she became the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via wikipedia: Hollywood blacklist. Click through for the full post and many links. Excerpt: The Hollywood blacklist—as the broader entertainment industry blacklist is generally known—was the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations. Artists... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blacklist
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Trial of Ebola drug ZMapp launches in Liberia, US. Excerpt: The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced today that it and Liberia's government have launched the first clinical trial of ZMapp, a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Poultry Site, which is a reliable news source for avian flu in poultry worldwide: Update on Avian Influenza in Western US States. Excerpt: An overview of the avian influenza viruses found in Northwestern states from the national veterinary... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: Puppy being trained to sniff out superbug at Vancouver hospital. Excerpt: Teresa Zurberg’s job is working with dogs searching for bombs and narcotics, but it was a near-fatal experience with a hospital superbug that had... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1