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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.
Recent Activity
Thanks to Greg Folkers for emailing the link to this April 25 report from GNN Liberia: 9 Persons Die Mysteriously In Sinoe County. The full report and then a comment: Police in Sinoe County, southeastern Liberia, are investigation the mysterious... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Google Maps Via the Daily Observer, an April 26 confirmation of the Fofana report just below: 7 Die ‘Mysteriously’ in Greenville. Residents of the port city of Greenville, Sinoe County woke up yesterday to discover that half a dozen of... Continue reading
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Thanks to Matt Watson for alerting me to this heads-up on the Facebook page of Umaru Fofana: JUST IN: There's a deadly outbreak in Sinoe County, southeastern #Liberia which started at the weekend and escalated on Monday & Tuesday. Sources... Continue reading
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Via Channel NewsAsia: New Zika cluster reported at Highland Road, Jansen Close in Kovan. Excerpt: SINGAPORE: A new Zika cluster has been confirmed at Highland Road and Jansen Close near Kovan, with two cases of locally transmitted infection, the National... Continue reading
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Via ECDC: Healthcare-associated infections pose a major public health threat in long-term care facilities in Europe. Excerpt: ​An EU-wide survey estimated that 4.2 million healthcare-associated infections occur every year in European long-term care facilities, compared to an estimated 3.5 million... Continue reading
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Via Flu in China, a report from the Chengdu HFPC: China: Sichuan reported four new human H7N9 AIV cases in Chengdu. According to the HFPC of Pengzhou city on 24th April, after the reconfirmation from city and provincial CDCs, Pengzhou... Continue reading
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Via NPR's Goats and Soda blog: Malaria Wiped Out In U.S. But Still Plagues U.S. Hospitals. Excerpt: Malaria transmission in the United States was eliminated in the early 1950s through the use of insecticides, drainage ditches and the incredible power... Continue reading
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Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Safety of a killed oral cholera vaccine (Shanchol) in pregnant women in Malawi: an observational cohort study The summary: Background Pregnancy increases the risk of harmful effects from cholera for both mothers and their fetuses.... Continue reading
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Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases on World Malaria Day: Evidence of a hard selective sweep for artemisinin resistant Plasmodium falciparum.The summary: Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) remain the gold standard for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria, although artemisinin resistant... Continue reading
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That National Environment Agency has updated its Zika Cases & Clusters page for April 24 and 25. Two new cases are reported for the 24th. Three clusters are now active, each with two cases with onset in the past two... Continue reading
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Via DNAindia.com: Swedish authorities says bird flu found at hen farm. An outbreak of H5N8 bird flu has been detected at a hen farm near the town of Nykoping in eastern Sweden, the country's board of agriculture said on Tuesday.... Continue reading
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Via PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Controlling cholera in the Ouest Department of Haiti using oral vaccines. The abstract: Following the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti, a plan was initiated to provide massive improvements to the sanitation and drinking water infrastructure in order to eliminate cholera from the island of Hispaniola... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cholera in Haiti
Via CIDRAP, Stephanie Soucheray writes: With yellow fever reaching Rio, official says Brazil prepared. Excerpt from a long, informative report: With the first case of yellow fever (YF) confirmed late last week in the Rio de Janeiro metro area and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates. Excerpt: Between 9 and 11 April 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via ECDC: Measles does not only affect children: trends for 2016and outbreaks in Europe during 2017. Excerpt: ​During the first 2 months of 2017 we have seen 1524 cases of measles reported from 14 EU/EEA countries. Measles does not only... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Channel NewsAsia, a Reuters report: Iran reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak in northern part of country: OIE. Iran has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus in backyard ducks in the northern part of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. A 61-year-old Saudi woman in Turaba has recovered. No deaths are reported. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's Regional Office for Africa: Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme. Excerpt: Brazzaville, 24 April 2017 - The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today that Ghana, Kenya, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, an OCHA report: Somalia: Drought Response - Situation Report No. 5 (as of 23 April 2017). Excerpt: • The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and the possibility of famine in 2017 persists. While the Gu rains have started... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Reddit, someone going by the username of functionaljunkie offers a consumer report: Multi-Week Carfentanil Experience Report. Excerpt and then a comment: There really seems to be little real useful information about carfentanil from a user's perspective aside from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. A 72-year-old Saudi man in Riyadh has recovered. No deaths are reported. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: 'It’s going to hit the poorest people': Zika outbreak feared on the Texas border. Excerpt: When Patricia Pena hosted a Zika awareness class near the Texas border with Mexico on Tuesday, only four people showed up. “Even... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
I just checked Flu in China, a site that offers brief but useful reports on H7N9 cases reported in the Chinese media. Usually I blog the current item, but tonight I find four reports on a total of 11 cases... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via Brain, a report that could portend some very good news for an aging world: Repurposed drugs targeting eIF2α-P-mediated translational repression prevent neurodegeneration in mice. The abstract: Signalling through the PERK/eIF2α-P branch of the unfolded protein response plays a critical... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
The Tyee has published my review of Douglas Preston's remarkable book Lost City of the Monkey God: Lessons for Canada from Hunt for Lost Jungle City. Excerpt: It’s widely understood that the peoples of the Americas lacked immunity to European... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1