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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
Via CoCreate: This Is How A Finnish Education Platform Will Scale Innovation For The Next 100 Years. Click or tap through for the full report and video. Excerpt: Finland may be less ostentatiously hipster than its Scandinavian neighbors but it is filled with forward-thinking and super-smart people. To mark 100... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via CBC News British Columbia: Risky behaviour not only cause of syphilis outbreaks, new study proposes. Excerpt: A new study from B.C. researchers is proposing a biological reason behind the "astounding" increase in syphilis cases, saying high-risk sexual behaviour doesn't... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via Shanghai Daily: City plans 5-day smog forecasts. Shanghai is working on establishing a five-day smog forecasting system to give citizens earlier warnings of air pollution, the environment authority said yesterday. Residents are currently told of the expected air quality... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
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Google Maps Via G1.globo.com: PE emite alerta para doença misteriosa que deixa a urina preta. [Pernambuco issues alert over mysterious illness that turns urine black] The edited Google translation: Given the cases of the mysterious disease that has reached Bahia... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via O Globo: Morte de macaco por febre amarela preocupa cidade do interior de SP. [Death of monkey with yellow fever worries city in São Paulo interior] Edited excerpt from the Google translation: After the death of two monkeys in... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Monitor: Kalangala locals eating suspected flu-infected birds. Excerpt: KAMPALA. Residents living on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kalangala District are capturing weakened migrant birds and eating them despite the Health ministry’s warning that such birds can... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary for alerting me to this new report from WHO: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China. Excerpt: On 5 January 2017, the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Communicable disease threats report, 8-14 January 2017, week 2. Click or tap through to download the PDF. The abstract: ​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP alerts public to high avian influenza A(H7N9) activity in Guangdong. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 17) drew the public's special attention to the high... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Premium Times: Lassa Fever kills four in Nasarawa. Excerpt: The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Daniel Iya, has confirmed that four persons have lost their lives to Lassa fever outbreak in the state. Mr. Iya told journalists on Monday... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via STAT, Helen Branswell has an important article: We're not prepared for future Ebola outbreaks, experts warn. Excerpt: Despite recent headlines declaring the success of an experimental Ebola vaccine, the world is not fully prepared for future epidemics — and... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Lincolnshire Live: Second Lincolnshire outbreak of bird flu confirmed. Excerpt: A second outbreak of bird flu in Lincolnshire has been confirmed. The strain of bird flu has been found at a turkey farm in East Lindsey. Some of the... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via NTV: Bird flu raises fears among fishing communities in Entebbe and Masaka. Click or tap through for the full report and a video. This is presumably H5N1, which was reported yesterday. Excerpt: On Sunday government declared an outbreak of... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Daily NK: Bird flu outbreak hits North Korea. Presumably it's the same H5N6 strain afflicting South Korea. Excerpt: An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) has been confirmed in Sunchon, South Pyongan Province. Due to the discovery, Ungok Ranch, which... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Enhanced terminal room disinfection and acquisition and infection caused by multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile (the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection study): a cluster-randomised, multicentre, crossover study. The summary: Background Patients admitted to hospital can acquire... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Vanguard, a January 17 report: LASSA FEVER: NCDC confirms 9 deaths, 20 cases in 7 states. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed nine deaths and 20 cases of Lassa Fever in seven states since the beginning... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: How the Response to Zika Failed Millions. Excerpt: Almost a year ago, the World Health Organization declared the Zika epidemic a global health emergency, calling for an epic campaign against a virus that few had... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via STAT, Helen Branswell writes: Dangerous superbug appears to be spreading stealthily in US hospitals. Excerpt: A dangerous type of superbug has more tricks up its sleeves than we may be giving it credit for, a new study suggests. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Monitor, we finally have a key fact: Bird flu breaks out in Uganda. Excerpt: The government yesterday activated its emergency plan for epidemics control after confirming the first-ever outbreak of the deadly Avian Influenza or Avian flu... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP closely monitors two human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9). Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (January 16) closely monitoring two additional human cases of avian... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Nature News & Comment: Surprising contenders emerge for Trump's NIH chief. Excerpt: Could US president-elect Donald Trump be close to choosing a leader for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? Current NIH chief Francis Collins and Representative Andy Harris... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded. Three Saudi men, two in Riyadh and one in Afeef, have recovered. No deaths are reported. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
An editorial in The Lancet: ACA repeal and the AMA. With inauguration day just a week away, there has been much soul-searching in the USA concerning the future of US health care, as America moves ever closer to at least... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via VietNamNet: Vietnam, Finland boost education ties. Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Ilkka-Pekka Simila said the talk aimed to foster Vietnam- Finland education cooperation and share Finland’s educational experience with Vietnamese education policy makers, educators, parents and children. Pham Chi Cuong, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Education’s Department of International... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via bioRxiv: Long-term sustained malaria control leads to inbreeding and fragmentation of Plasmodium vivax populations. The abstract: Plasmodium vivax populations are more resistant to malaria control strategies than Plasmodium falciparum, maintaining high genetic diversity and gene flow even at low... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1