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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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Via The Guardian Nigeria: One dies in fresh Lassa fever case in Kano. Excerpt: The Kano State Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of another victim of Lassa fever in the state. This makes the total casualty of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: 'Everyone is catching it': Venezuelans fear the worst as Zika infections rise. You can spot them by their warm winter clothes, despite the tropical heat. Inside a dingy public health clinic in the Libertador municipality of Caracas,... Continue reading
Posted 23 minutes ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Summary of public health threats, CDTR week 5/2016. Click or tap through to download the full report and use the links. The summary: The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and... Continue reading
Posted 31 minutes ago at H5N1
Via BBC Brasil: A polêmica do envio de amostras brasileiras de zika vírus ao exterior.[Controversy about sending Brazilian Zika virus samples out of the country] Edited excerpt from the Google translation: Complaints of American and European scientists about difficulties in... Continue reading
Posted 39 minutes ago at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Syria: MSF-supported hospital hit by airstrikes. Dara’a, Amman - Airstrikes have hit an MSF-supported hospital in Dara’a governorate, southern Syria, killing three people and wounding at least six, including a nurse, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The strike... Continue reading
Posted 56 minutes ago at H5N1
Via JAMA Ophthalmology: Ocular Findings in Infants With Microcephaly Associated With Presumed Zika Virus Congenital Infection in Salvador, Brazil. The abstract: Importance The Zika virus (ZIKV) has rapidly reached epidemic proportions, especially in northeastern Brazil, and has rapidly spread to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from the World Food Programme: El Niño, Drought Blamed As Severe Food Insecurity Doubles In 6 Months In Haiti. The sting is in the tail of the story: without $84 million from someone, a million Haitians,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via El Colombiano, a February 8 report: Virus Zika, por ahora sin microcefalia.[Zika virus, for now without microcephaly] Excerpt, with my translation: El último informe del Instituto Nacional Salud (INS) demuestra que el virus Zika no ha sido tan grave... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Nature News & Comment, a report by Erika Check Hayden: Proving Zika link to birth defects poses huge challenge. Public-health authorities are investigating whether the Zika virus has caused an apparent surge in the number of infants born with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report from the UN News Service: Benin: UN Agencies Mobilize to Support Government Response After Benin Confirms Cases of Lassa Fever. Excerpt: After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the Government, backed by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Zika virus fears catapult 24-year-old Brazilian with microcephaly into limelight. This is the same young woman mentioned here on December 23. Click or tap through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: Nine days after she... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a column by sportswriter Cathal Kelly: Cancelling the Rio Olympics over Zika seems unlikely – for now. Excerpt: Flu, cholera and dysentery kill millions of people every year, while Zika has perhaps killed a handful.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published ECDC publishes an updated rapid risk assessment. on Zika virus disease epidemic and potential complications. This is its second RRA in three days. Click or tap through for the full report and other links. Excerpt: Today ECDC... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Latest Zika situation report. Click or tap through to download the full report. The summary: • An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Guillain-Barré syndrome – Brazil. Excerpt: On 22 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Brazil notified PAHO/WHO of an increase of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) recorded at the national level. Data from the hospital-based surveillance system reveal... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Guillain-Barré syndrome – France - Martinique. Excerpt: On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of France notified PAHO/WHO of 2 cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in Martinique. Details of the cases 1. The first case... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Zika virus infection – Maldives. Excerpt: On 7 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Maldives notified WHO of a case of Zika virus infection with onset of symptoms in June 2015, in a patient returning... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters, a report by Umaru Fofana: Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient. Excerpt: Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the New Zealand Herald: Kiwi teen tests positive for Zika virus. Excerpt: Jen Byrn's infection with the mosquito-borne zika virus has been confirmed by her doctor. "I talked to my GP this morning," the 18-year-old Aucklander said today of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times, a superb story by Old Haiti Hand Jonathan Katz: Reporting on Zika When You Have Zika. Excerpt: There’s a lot we don’t know about the Zika virus, but there’s one thing I’m sure of: I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Macleans.ca: Could Canadian mosquitoes transmit the Zika virus? Excerpt: In Canada, it’s easy to feel complacent about the ongoing Zika pandemic. As of Feb. 8, seven Canadians have been diagnosed with the virus, all of them travellers who visited... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Earlier today I posted a fascinating item from Singapore SLING on WHO as the focus of a Zika/microcephaly Twitterverse. Now I'm adding that readable and well-designed blog to the Key Sites list. It's run by the "Social, Lifestyle and Infection... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's Zika Open page, a report by a Brazilian team on "Microcephaly: normality parameters and its determinants in northeastern Brazil: a multicentre prospective cohort study." Click or tap through to download the PDF. The abstract: Brazil was marked by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Charles Simmins for alerting me to his new paper just posted on Zika Open, WHO's page for research in emergencies. The title of his paper is "Establishing Base Levels of Microcephaly in Brazil Prior to the Arrival of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1