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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: El País Via The Local.es: Tens of thousands join Madrid anti-austerity rally. Excerpt: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Madrid on Saturday in support of new anti-austerity party Podemos, a week after Greece elected its... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Bridging the Income Gap
Via ReliefWeb, a useful AFP report: Ebola: timeline of a ruthless killer. Here are key dates in the current Ebola epidemic, the worst ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever which first surfaced in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP closely monitors second human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Canada. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 1) closely monitoring the second human... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles. Excerpt: Huntington Beach, Calif. -- Their children have been sent home from school. Their families are barred from birthday parties and neighborhood play dates. Online, people call them negligent... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via the KSA Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. And no deaths or recoveries. So the month ends with six cases under care, 475 recovered, 845 total, and 364 deaths. Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
MSF doesn't post Ebola updates as often as I'd like (daily would be nice), but it's always worth the wait. Here's the latest: Ebola crisis update - 30 January 2015. Excerpt: Guinea While the total number of new cases has... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Manila Times, an AFP report: Ebola reveals flaws of African solidarity. Excerpt: ADDIS ABABA: As Africa’s leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent’s poor... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Ebola: military healthcare worker returns to UK after needle injury. Excerpt: A British military healthcare worker who suffered a needlestick injury while treating an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone has been evacuated to the UK. The healthcare... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times, an op-ed worth reading and pondering: How Bad Data Fed the Ebola Epidemic. Excerpt (but read the whole thing) and then a comment: The West African Ebola outbreak first hit Sierra Leone in May 2014,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Last night I posted Greece: Syriza's public health program, and a commenter responded: "...a century of research has shown that health and life expectancy improve as income and wealth gaps narrow..." -- That is absolute rubbish. Marxist twaddle through-and-through. I.e.,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via NBC New York: Ebola Doctor Speaks Out for 1st Time Since Leaving Hospital. Excerpt: The first and only person to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City said in his first public comments since his recovery that he... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer, a worrying report: Illegal Border Crossings on the Rise in Nimba. Excerpt: Illegal border crossings at the Liberia-Guinea border are becoming alarming and state security appears to be unable to control it. The illegal crossings intensified... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Blood as medicine: social meanings of blood and the success of Ebola trials. Excerpt: The urgent need to contain the Ebola epidemic has led to clinical treatment trials being fast-tracked, including a trial of blood or plasma... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via NigerianBulletin.com: 12 Nigerian States Hit by Bird Flu Virus; Kaduna Joins the List. A case of bird flu has been reported in Kaduna state, making the list of affected Nigerian states 12, the state government on Friday says. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Xinhua: H5N6 patient discharged from hospital. I'm glad to see Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the veteran of H5N1, SARS, H1N1 and H7N9 is still working: A man that was suffering from the H5N6-strain of avian flu has been discharged from... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published Epidemiological update: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Click through for the full report, including maps, charts, and links. The introduction: According to WHO, a combined total of 99 confirmed cases were reported from the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via FrontPageAfrica: Liberia Extends Schools Reopening by Two Weeks as Ebola Slides. Excerpt: The ministry of Education has extended the reopening of schools by two weeks. Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Friday, Education Ministry officials said... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via IRIN, a thoughtful report: Ebola - is culture the real killer? Excerpt: “African culture” – cute if you’re a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Reporter: BAHA seizes $600,000 worth of breeder hens to contain bird flu outbreak at Spanish Lookout. Excerpt: An outbreak of bird (Avian) flu detected in the Cayo District last weekend has sent BAHA, the Belize Agricultural Health Authorities... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The new cases are both men, a 37-year-old expatriate in Riyadh in critical condition and a 76-year-old Saudi in Hafoof in stable condition. Both have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Orphans in crises overseas need emergency adoption protocols, say advocates. Excerpt: Australia needs to set up emergency protocols for the quick adoption of children from overseas who have been orphaned by Ebola, west African community leaders say.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Ebola likely to persist in 2015 as communities resist aid: Red Cross. Excerpt: West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ScienceInsider, a fascinating report by Jon Cohen: A famous Ebola patient who remained anonymous for 20 years. Excerpt: The researcher, an ethologist, worked in the forest studying a community of chimpanzees that her adviser, Christophe Boesch of the University... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via News24 Nigeria, an NAN report: Another case of bird flu confirmed in Rivers. Excerpt:Port Harcourt - The Rivers Government said on Thursday that the Avian Influenza, also called bird flu, had spread to another poultry farm in Port Harcourt.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News British Columbia, Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press writes: H7N9 bird flu case confirmed in 2nd B.C. patient. Excerpt: A British Columbia man has been confirmed as Canada's second case of H7N9 bird flu. The unidentified man... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1