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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.
Recent Activity
Via Channel NewsAsia: S'pore travel agents say MERS in Saudi not affecting Umrah travel. SINGAPORE: Local travel agents offering Umrah packages said the recent spike in the number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases has not affected their... Continue reading
Posted 50 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Reuters, an informative report: Jeddah residents jittery over spread of deadly MERS virus. Excerpt: On Monday, King Abdullah replaced health minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah, a noted surgeon whose attempts to reassure the public with reminders that MERS is not easily... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
The KSA MOH has just posted a news release: (Health) recorded 12 cases of infection with Corona. The tally is now 297 cases and 85 deaths. The release includes tables I can't reproduce here, but here are the case details—with... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via Focus Taiwan: No sign of H7N9 spread from single Chinese patient (update). Excerpt: All 94 people who came into contact with a sick Chinese tourist have tested negative for the H7N9 avian flu virus with which the woman is... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via MSF: Guinea/Liberia: MSF continues Ebola response. Excerpt: MSF is deploying more than 60 international staff and 270 Guinean and Liberian staff to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has so far claimed 135 lives according to... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. Excerpt: On 22 April 2014, the Ministry of Health of Jordan reported an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The patient is a... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
The KSA MOH MERS page shows 287 cases and 85 deaths, both up two since yesterday. However, there is no new statement with details about those cases. It may be that the Ministry is now posting updates on numbers as... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Never mind all the new MERS cases in the UAE. Via Emirates 24/7: How Dubai Ambulance prevents Mers Coronavirus from spreading. Excerpt: A chemical substance applied in Dubai ambulances minimises the chances of cross-infection with the Mers Coronavirus (Mers-CoV). The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera. Excerpt: The problem of ending Haiti’s cholera epidemic does not stem from an absence of planning. There is a 10-year plan to eradicate cholera from Hispaniola, the island Haiti... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News, a report posted at 8:31: B.C. earthquake: 6.7 magnitude quake hits near Port Alice, B.C. Excerpt: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck 40 kilometres northwest of Port Alice at a depth of 22 kilometres, the Pacific Tsunami... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
On his VDU's blog, Dr. Ian Mackay has a new post well worth reading and pondering: And then that happened.... He points out that this month alone has seen almost as many MERS cases as all of 2013. And April... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Saudi Gazette, a report that confirms what I heard from an expat a few days ago: King in Jeddah to reassure people about coronavirus. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has arrived in Jeddah to reassure the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Arab News: Umrah cancellation rumors scotched. The Haj Ministry has not received cancellations for Umrah reservations in the wake of the coronavirus, said Abdullah Marghalani, undersecretary at the Haj Ministry and general director of the ministry’s Jeddah branch. “We... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News: B.C. health worker fired for not getting flu vaccine. A B.C. care aide was fired for refusing to get vaccinated against influenza or wear a mask this past winter, B.C.'s Health Minister Terry Lake has confirmed, as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the North Shore News: B.C. Liberals bashed for CapU underfunding. Excerpt: The provincial New Democrats are taking the Minister of Advanced Education to task for leaving Capilano University one of the worst-funded schools in B.C. — and for ignoring pleas from a longtime Liberal MLA to discuss the problem.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dialogue Continues
WHO has published a news release: Busting the myths about Ebola is crucial to stop the transmission of the virus disease in Guinea. Excerpt: Will eating raw onions once a day for three days protect me from Ebola? Is it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
On his VDU's blog, Dr. Ian Mackay offers an Ebola update: some additional numbers for Guinea & Liberia from 20-April, WHO-AFRO update. Click through for his sources and an excellent chart. Excerpt: The case curves are flattening which is a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Saudi Gazette: Campaign planned to raise MERS awareness. The Indian Social Forum (ISF) will spearhead an intensive awareness campaign to enlighten the public on ways to protect themselves from a possible outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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I'm back after another temporary outage. Via the National Post, Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press writes: Sharp rise in MERS cases, many human spread, has world health experts concerned. Excerpt: The World Health Organization is expressing concern about the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I highly recommend some highly effective new infographics: MERS by Maia Majumder. They offer excellent overviews of the situation, both since 2012 and more recently. She promises to update them frequently, so I'm putting a link to them in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Events are moving fast in Saudi Arabia: Via the KSA MOH Arabic page: (health) record (13) infected with the case of Corona. We are now up to 285 cases and 83 deaths. The Google translation: Corona virus that causes respiratory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1