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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
I've gone back through the last few days of KSA MOH MERS numbers, and on September 18 the KSA MOH Command and Control Center published this statement: MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATES HISTORICAL MERS-COV INFECTION DATA. The statement in full: JEDDAH... Continue reading
Posted 2 minutes ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Contrl=ol Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. However, a 27-year-old Saudi male in Taif (not a healthcare worker) with a pre-existing medical condition has died. He was reported as a new case on... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via ABC News: Virus Tally Nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic. Excerpt: The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday.... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via his Facebook page, Umaru Fofana writes: The issue of corpses is at the heart of the Ebola.... The issue of corpses is at the heart of the Ebola lockdown. Dead bodies are being found across the country. Some families... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
No sooner have I praised the likes of Shane Granger for their online skills than Shane himself gives me a case in point. Via his Random Analytics blog: Ebola in West Africa – HCW Impacts (to 14 Sep 2014). Excerpt:... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Almost two years ago, I posted The theory and practice of flu blogging. Given the intensifying flood of news about Ebola (not to mention other problems like chikungunya, dengue, and cholera), I would love to encourage both laypersons and experts... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Wall Street Journal: Cocoa Surges on Ebola Fears. Excerpt: The deadly Ebola virus spreading through West Africa is sparking fears in the market that supplies of cocoa, one of the region's top exports, could be disrupted. Prices for... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
A September 19 news release: WHO welcomes decision to establish United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. Nearly six months after the first case of Ebola in West Africa was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Life in an Ebola zone – share your stories. Excerpt: It has been nine months since the west African outbreak began in Guinea, before spreading to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal, with separate cases recorded in... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, an op-ed by Gerald Kaplan: Systemic problems made Africa vulnerable to Ebola. Excerpt: WHO was among the collateral damage of the 2008 global financial crisis triggered by America’s greedy bankers and other hustlers. The organization... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Economist: Ebola: Chasing a rolling snowball. Excerpt: America’s response is the first by a government on a large scale. Until now the burden has been carried by charities such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has 2,000 staff... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Sierra Leone begins three-day shutdown to contain Ebola outbreak. Excerpt: Some 6 million residents in Sierra Leone hunkered down at home on Friday as the country began a three-day lockdown aimed at raising awareness about the deadly... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Facebook page of Umaru Fofana: Sierra Leone Lockdown Day1: 22 dead bodies.... Sierra Leone Lockdown Day1: 22 dead bodies discovered in Freetown and its surroundings. Two had died apparently for days and kept at home where a third... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
OCHA has published an infographic, West Africa: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak (as of 18 Sep 2014). It's as striking for what it doesn't say as for what it does. The intensity of the outbreak in the border regions—Kailahun, Gueckedou,... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters, a report by Umaru Fofana and Josephus Olu-Mammah: Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt. The story is also a good overview of recent developments in West Africa. Excerpt: Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org, a statement by Jackson K. P. Naimah: MSF addresses UN Security Council emergency session on Ebola. Excerpt: I wish to thank Ambassador Power for inviting my organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, to address this gathering of nations who can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Margot Lochrenberg for sending the link to this Bloomberg report: Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases. Excerpt: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to James Manheim for tweeting the link to this excellent article in Slate: Why Ebola is terrifying and dangerous: It preys on family, caregiving, and human bonds. Excerpt (but read the whole report): It is tempting, at these times,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this opinion piece in The Lancet: Ebola and human rights in west Africa. Excerpt: The fear caused by the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which is projected to infect some 20... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Punch: Lagos clears last Ebola suspect. Excerpt: The Lagos State Government on Friday said the last suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease in the state had been cleared having tested negative after surveillance. Gov. Babatunde Fashola disclosed this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Aminata.com: Partial list of victims of the massacre womey (N'zérékoré). The Google translation: In total nine members of the delegation anti-Ebola were murdered in cold blood by the inhabitants of the sub-prefecture of womey, capital N'Zérékoré. According to information... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via RIA Novosti, a site I rarely link to: Russia Sends Cargo With Ebola Protection Kits to Guinean Doctors: Russian Health Watchdog. Excerpt: Russia's federal public health agency Rospotrebnadzor has sent a cargo with personal protective equipment for healthcare workers... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
We have a new hashtag, #unmeer, which is in the ever-growing list of links in the Ebola Resources list. It stands for United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. Now we need UNMEER's own website, which I will link to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 September 2014, week 38. Click through to download the PDF. This is always the best weekly overview of current outbreaks posing a hazard to Europe. This week's CDTR includes West Nile virus,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: Sierra Leone begins three-day Ebola lockdown. Excerpt from a report by Umaru Fofana: Even the heavy downpour that deluged Freetown since dawn on Thursday did not stop thousands of people from rushing to supermarkets and vegetable markets... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1