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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 Lebabi.net in Abidjan: Ebola: a case registered in a village in Liberia border by Côte d'Ivoire. The Google translation: The outbreak of Ebola fever still rife in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It causes many deaths. A suspected case... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet, a statement with 24 signatories: An open letter for the people in Gaza. Click through to read the whole statement. Excerpt: We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the WHO Regional Office for Africa: Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 23 July 2014. Excerpt: New cases and deaths attributable to EVD continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone: Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 23rd July 2014, we have 108 cumulative number of survivors, 427 confirmed Ebola cases and 144 Ebola confirmed deaths. 65 patients... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb: UNICEF-Sierra Leone Ebola Virus Disease: Weekly update of 21st July 2014. It sounds as if UNICEF is doing some of the communications training I was ranting about a couple of posts down. But look at their funding gap.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Stockhouse News, a report from Upstream: The International Oil & Gas Newspaper: Deadly Ebola virus delays Exxon (XOM) Canadian Overseas (V.XOP) exploration well. Excerpt: The deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in parts of West Africa has forced ExxonMobil... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Earlier today, NPR Global Health tweeted me, wondering if I had a link to an official Sierra Leone government statement about Dr. Khan falling ill with Ebola. I'm a big fan of NPR Global Health, so I checked through my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I tend to avoid Awareness Times because it seems incapable of reporting Ebola straight, without endless political commentary. But this report has some details about Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the leader of the Ebola fight who is himself now ill... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF International: Gaza: A night at the Al-Shifa Hospital. Excerpt: 22 July, 8 am: The MSF team is returning from Al Shifa hospital, in the centre of Gaza City. Throughout the night, the wounded have been streaming into the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WTSP.com: South Tampa sprayed to prevent chikungunya virus. Click through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: The mosquito illness chikungunya has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide. Until last week, none of those cases included anyone bitten... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry. Excerpt: Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update. Excerpt: On 12 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported to WHO an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters, an article by Fiona McLysaght, country director for Concern Worldwide: Ebola Spread through Myth and Fear. Excerpt: Combating the disease once people are infected is difficult since no vaccine or drug is currently available, so Concern is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The National, an editorial: More pieces fall into place in the Mers puzzle. A small potential breakthrough and a small step along a long road is probably the best way to explain the latest developments in the search for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a review of Margaret Heffernan's book A Bigger Prize: How competition has failed us. Excerpt: Ms. Heffernan has had a varied career, including stints at the BBC, running a trade association, and serving as chief executive officer of multimedia companies. She knows capitalism and competition... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Finnish Education Forum
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. No new MERS deaths are reported. Two persons have recovered. The numbers are now 30 cases under treatment, 393 recovered, 721 total, and 297 deaths. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report from The New Dawn: Liberia: Ganta Records First Ebola Death. Excerpt: The Christian run United Methodist Hospital in Ganta has recorded what is said to be its first Eboal death, months after it reported the first... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I can't keep track of the numbers when the Indian health authorities themselves can't define the difference between various kinds of encephalitis. For what it's worth, here's a July 22 report from The Times of India: Japanese encephalitis toll at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: Sierra Leone chief Ebola doctor infected. Excerpt: The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency has said. Sheik Umar Khan tested positive... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Facebook page SIERRA LEONE ISSUES: Breaking news Breaking news ....The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo has confirmed that Dr Khan, Physician in charge of the Lassa program and all viral haemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola at the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report from FrontPageAfrica: Liberia: Suspected Ebola Victim Corpse Abandoned. With a reported donation of five hundred Thousand United States Dollars from Nigeria to fight Ebola in Liberia, the Ministry of Health says it is doing its best... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a Reuters report: Ebola infects doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against outbreak. Excerpt: The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said. The 39-year-old... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Indian Express: Japanese Encephalitis claims 165 lives in Assam. Excerpt: A total of 165 persons have lost their lives in Assam due to Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, prompting Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to call an emergency... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report from The New Dawn: Liberia: Gov't Gives U.S.$500,000 for Ebola Fight. Excerpt: The Liberian Government has announced US$500,000 from its coffers to fund the Ebola campaign. Liberian health authorities have in recent days reported 105 Ebola... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Texas officials probe spike in Cyclospora cases. Excerpt: A spike in Cyclospora infections in Texas has triggered an investigation to see if there is a common source and an advisory for health professions to consider... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1