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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
After all the Ebola posting, it's almost a relief to turn to PAHO's weekly report on Chikungunya Fever in the Americas. Click on the box in the upper right-hand corner of PAHO's chikungunya page to download the August 1 report.... Continue reading
Posted 3 minutes ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer, a July 31 article indicating how far the country still has to go: 'God Is Angry with Liberia'. Excerpt: More than 100 Bishops, Pastors, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel, under the... Continue reading
Posted 15 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The New Yorker, a thoughtful short essay by Michael Specter: After Ebola. Excerpt: Ebola is truly deadly, but the many lurid headlines predicting a global pandemic miss a central point. In its epidemic reach, Ebola is often compared with... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via CNN.com: 'Training for this': Atlanta hospital ready for opportunity to treat Ebola patients. Click through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: Ebola is brutal. Those afflicted often bleed uncontrollably, vomit profusely, lose function of their kidneys and... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, an AFP report: West Africa seals off Ebola outbreak epicentre. Excerpt: West Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Ebola outbreak prompts emergency talks, airlift plan. Excerpt: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, announced today that she will convene an emergency committee next week to consider if West Africa's Ebola outbreak... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation: Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 1st August 2014, we have 140 cumulative number of survivors, 526 confirmed Ebola cases and 153 Ebola confirmed deaths. 70 patients are currently... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this 1999 report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases: Treatment of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever with Blood Transfusions from Convalescent Patients. This is the technique reportedly being applied to at least one... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via Quartz: Mapping the acceleration of Ebola in West Africa in five charts. Excerpt: The Ebola pandemic plaguing Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia got more international attention this week, when two American medical workers fell sick and details emerged about... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: In Compliance with Sirleaf’s Mandate, UL Closed. Excerpt:Until the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: Ebola: Fixing the Fear Factor. Excerpt from a long, thoughtful, and informative article: In Montserrado County, the Redemption Hospital has been overwhelmed with numerous suspected Ebola cases, which include patients, nurses and doctors. Last week, the... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via Awareness Times: Ebola kills 80 in Koindu. But the worst may be over for the community: Community Health Officer (CHO) in charge of Koindu Health Center Mr. Sulaiman Kanneh Saidu has said the population of Kissi Teng chiefdom is... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters: WaterAid becomes latest NGO to withdraw as Ebola spreads in Liberia. The link below will take you to WaterAid's own statement about the decision. Excerpt: WaterAid has become the latest international aid agency to suspend its activities... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a report in The New Republic Liberia: Liberia: Ebola - Dead Finance Official Snubbed Warning - -Health Ministry Official. Excerpt: The Assistant Minister of Preventive Services of Ministry of Health & Social Welfare has said the Ministry of... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via the website of the US Embassy in Conakry, a report originally posted in VOA: U.S. Health Officials Announce Surge of Support to Combat Ebola. Excerpt: The United States is sending more health experts to the three West African countries... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens. Excerpt: A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Vanguard: Ebola Scare in Anambra: Govt detains corpse from Liberia. Excerpt: AWKA —A corpse of an Anambra State indigene brought from Liberia, yesterday, caused scare of the dreaded Ebola disease in the state, with officials of the state ministry... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Vox.com, which has been doing good Ebola coverage: "A violent virus": views from Ebola's ground zero. Excerpt: The shortage of resources has made the work very difficult, says Monia Sayah, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders. Sayah, who normally... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a few more details: Emory Healthcare to treat Ebola patient. Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday. It’s unclear... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
A kind of external quarantine is falling over West Africa. Via Jornal de Notícias: Emirates suspende voos para a Guiné-Conacri devido ao Ébola. Excerpt, with my translation: "A Emirates vai suspender os seus voos para Conacri a partir de 2... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: 2 Corpses, Abandoned Bodies, Discovered in Paynesville. Two persons suspected dead from the Ebola virus were found on Thursday, July 31 in separate rooms in a house at the Acheke Junction in the Neezo Community, Paynesville.... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Sierra Leone Issues Facebook page, a report on Africa Young Voices: ‘Soja’ To Replace Dr. Khan. Excerpt: A senior Military Officer and Medical Doctor specialized in treating viral diseases such Laser Fever ad Ebola Virus Disease, Dr. Col... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a statement by the Government of Uganda: Ebola outbreak in West Africa – Uganda takes action. Three countries of West Africa, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have for the last four months been devastated by an outbreak of... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Guinea expert: Liberia, Sierra Leone moves may worsen Ebola spread. Excerpt: The leader of Guinea's Ebola task force said on Friday that moves by neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone to contain the disease that has killed 729 people... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Government of Canada: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Excerpt: The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak. This recommendation... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1