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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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Here in Canada, the new right-wing provincial government of Ontario is making a fuss about a handful of refugees coming in via Trump's US. Human Rights Watch reports a far greater problem: Turkey Stops Registering Syrian Asylum Seekers. Excerpt, with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Zika and health cuts blamed for rise in baby death rates in Brazil. Excerpt: The number of children dying in their first year of life has risen in Brazil for the first time since 1990. It’s a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ahead of Print -Unilateral Phrenic Nerve Palsy in Infants with Congenital Zika Syndrome. The abstract: Since the first identification of neonatal microcephaly cases associated with congenital Zika virus infection in Brazil in 2015, a distinctive constellation... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Comparative efficacy of treatments for Clostridium difficile infection: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. The abstract: Background Several new treatments for Clostridium difficile infections have been investigated. We aimed to compare and rank treatments for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from the ICRC: DRC: Leading by example to stop the Ebola outbreak. Excerpt: Democratic Republic of the Congo’s traditional leaders, the main influencers and keepers of ancestral customs, are the key to community safety and surveillance... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report from Bhekesisa: Nigeria: Poisonous Haze - Why the Air We Breathe Could Kill Us. Excerpt: Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease. The dark-grey... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Measles continues to circulate in the EU/EEA, with new outbreaks reported. Excerpt: According to the latest Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR) with the most recent data collected through epidemic intelligence, Romania (4 317), France (2 588), Greece... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Wolbachia mosquitoes released in Fiji to curb dengue. Excerpt: SUVA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Fiji has identified the hot spots for dengue fever where officials of the World Mosquito Program (WMP) will release the Wolbachia mosquitoes on Monday... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Washington Post: Toronto medical official calls for decriminalizing drugs as opioid overdoses skyrocket in Canada. Excerpt: TORONTO — With opioid-related overdoses and deaths reaching record levels in Canada, the top medical official in Toronto is calling for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via NEJM: Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The abstract: BACKGROUND Quantifying the effect of natural disasters on society is critical for recovery of public health services and infrastructure. The death toll can be difficult to assess in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via BMC Infectious Diseases: Unlocking pandemic potential: prevalence and spatial patterns of key substitutions in avian influenza H5N1 in Egyptian isolates. The abstract and then a comment: Background Avian influenza H5N1 has a high human case fatality rate, but is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism. Excerpt: The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug intended to treat smallpox — a move that could halt a lethal... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
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Credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Magnus Kristensen via Reuters The photo lends a new meaning to the old cliché "tip of the iceberg." Via Thomson Reuters: Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami. An iceberg the size of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via HealthNews.Africa: To tackle drug resistant bacteria, scientists turn to the world's strongest material. Excerpt: The prevalence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, caused by the indiscriminate application and overuse of antibiotics, has been a global issue threatening human health for several... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: UK schools banning school run to protect pupils from air pollution. Excerpt: Schools across the country are moving to ban the school run amid growing concern about the devastating impact of air pollution on young people’s health.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Stephanie Soucheray writes: Cyclospora outbreaks grow in Midwest, Texas. Excerpt: Health departments in several states confirmed more cases in two cyclosporiasis outbreaks in the Midwest, one linked to Del Monte vegetable trays and the other to McDonald's salads.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Helen Branswell for tweeting about this statement from the Ministry of Health: EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola epidemic as of Friday, July 13, 2018. We are just about a day away from a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via El Mundo: Científicos españoles desarman al virus del ébola con un anticuerpo 'unicornio' de tres supervivientes.[Spanish scientists stop Ebola virus with a 'unicorn' antibody from three survivors] Excerpt, with my translation: Un equipo de científicos españoles ha descubierto cómo... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet, a letter on behalf of 2,002 individuals and 34 organizational signatories: End immigration detention: an open letter. Click or tap through for supplementary materials. To the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health; the Honourable Ralph Goodale,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
NCDC has published its Weekly Epidemiological Reports, Week 25. PRIORITISING NIGERIA’S LASSA FEVER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ROAD-MAP Between January and May 2018, Nigeria experienced its largest reported outbreak of Lassa fever. In responding to the outbreak, critical questions were raised... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via his Dispatches from Haiti blog in the Peoria Journal Star, Dr. John Carroll writes: Dear America. Dear America, I am looking for one family in the United States who does not agree with President Trump regarding immigration, splitting up... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says. Excerpt: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s plans for a crisis in Puerto Rico were based on a focused disaster like a tsunami, not a major... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, WHO EMRO has published Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 15. The situation update:The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Équateur Province,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published Explorations of inequality- Childhood immunization. Excerpt: Explorations of inequality: Childhood immunization, a WHO report launched in July 2018 describes how a child’s likelihood of being vaccinated is affected by socioeconomic, demographic and geographic factors. The report is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via STAT, an opinion piece by Dr. Clay Marsh: Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia. Excerpt: I have spent a good part of my medical career investigating the root causes of disease. That work... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1