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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.
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Credit: Michael Duff/Guardian Via The Guardian: Alternative Christmas message to be given by Ebola survivor Will Pooley. Excerpt: The British Ebola survivor Will Pooley will deliver the alternative Christmas message on Channel 4, calling for a global solution to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this post on the Facebook page Salone Online Free Press: Hon. Osho Williams is Ebola Negative! Unfortunately, it also gives us a glimpse into the lack of media freedom in Sierra... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP: News Scan for Dec 22, 2014: Chikungunya surge in Guatemala; New MERS case. Excerpt: Total cases of chikungunya in the ongoing outbreak in the Caribbean and Americas now number 1,071,354, an increase of 36,428 from the previous week's... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from the NGO Plan International: Young lives on lockdown: The impact of Ebola on children and communities in Liberia. The summary: The Ebola outbreak is severely affecting the lives of children and young people in Liberia,... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via Global Times, a Chinese news source: Training for a trade. Excerpt: A Sino-Finnish joint vocational education center opened last week in Minhang district. The China-Finland Center of Excellence in Vocational Education, or the "Harmony and Love" Creative Space, serves as a platform for Shanghai education authorities, pilot schools in... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via The Guardian: Untested Ebola drug given to patients in Sierra Leone causes UK walkout. Excerpt: Ebola patients at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone have been given a heart drug that is untested against the virus in animals and... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. A 29-year-old female expat heathcare worker in Taif has recovered. No new deaths are reported. The numbers are now four cases under care, 463 recovered, 822... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
WHO has published its Ebola data and statistics for December 22, with numbers as of December 20 for Guinea and Sierra Leone and Liberia as usual lagging at December 18. The numbers, with changes since the December 19 report: Guinea:... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Economic Times: Steps to end encephalitis not getting desired results: Government. Excerpt: NEW DELHI: Government today admitted in Lok Sabha that its measures to end encephalitis were not getting desired results as members voiced concern over the disease... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via Business Standard, a PTI report: Bird flu: Samples to be collected in Chandigarh, 5 geese die. It sounds as if the human H5N1 scare is over for now. Excerpt: The authorities here today decided to collect samples of poultry... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Sierra Leone Telegraph, a news source I'm not fully confident in, a December 20 report: Breaking News: Ebola hits Sierra Leone’s political establishment? Excerpt: Tonight, unconfirmed, though reliable reports from Freetown, say that one of the Koroma government’s... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report in The New Dawn: allAfrica.com: Liberia: Ebola Survivors Face Health Problems. The program chairperson for Ebola Survivor Network in Liberia, Patrick S. Faley, is warning that survivors from the deadly Ebola virus across the country risk... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at H5N1
Via Awareness Times: Bonthe District Records 5th Ebola Case. Excerpt: Reports from Bonthe District disclose that a 45 year old woman, on 18th December 2014 died shortly upon arrival at the United Baptist Church (UBC) Hospital at Mattru Jong. A... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Tribune in Chandigarh: Bird flu alert in UP; import of poultry products banned. Excerpt: Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Exclusive: Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure? Excerpt: For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at H5N1
Via his blog Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston writes: China Reports 7 Recent H7N9 Cases. Click through for the full post with many links. Excerpt: It’s been just over two weeks since our last H7N9 notification out of China (see... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at H5N1
Via Daily Mail Online: Chandigarh official hospitalised with suspected bird flu after geese cull. If he does indeed have H5N1, this will be India's first human case. Following the bird flu scare in Chandigarh, one of the workers involved in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Lucie Lecomte sends the link to this Reuters report: Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough. Excerpt: The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Belatedly, today's report from the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. We have no new cases, no recoveries, and no deaths from MERS. The numbers remain at five cases under care, 462 recovered, 822... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet Global Health, a remarkable attack: The International Monetary Fund and the Ebola outbreak. Excerpt: Here we review the policies advocated by the IMF before the outbreak, and examine their effect on the three health systems. The information... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer, a disturbing report: Traditional Medicine to Be Used at ‘All’ Health Centers. Excerpt: The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has finally launched a five-year plan on the usage of herbs (traditional/country... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, Geoffrey York has some good news: Nigeria makes crucial progress in eradicating polio. Excerpt: On the edge of the war zone, near the territory controlled by the murderous thugs of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for finding this report in Il Post.it: The clinical condition of the Italian doctor suffering from Ebola "are further improved". Excerpt from the Google translation: It was issued a new medical bulletin of the National Institute... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via HaitiLibre.com: Haiti - Health : New measures to prevent the introduction of Ebola in Haiti. In a note, which replaces all previous on the same subject, Dr. Florence D. Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reiterates the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Guineenews.org, another report from a troubled community: A new case of Ebola death in Faranah. Excerpt from the Google translation: During the day of Saturday, December 20, 2014 a new case of Ebola deaths were recorded in the district... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1