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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
Via Guineeinformation.fr: Inconsistent fight against Ebola Alpha Conde -In two days, at least 10 people have died from Ebola in the locality of Tèmèssadou in southern Guinea. Humanitarian logistics base against ebola of the Conakry airport on fire. Excerpt from... Continue reading
Posted 11 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola. Note the last paragraph, on the results of the house-to-house search for hidden Ebola patients. Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country... Continue reading
Posted 18 minutes ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. Nor have there been any deaths or recoveries. The numbers remain at 4 cases under care, 462 recovered, 821 total, and 355 deaths. Continue reading
Posted 37 minutes ago at H5N1
No sooner do I post about Dr. Wright (see below) than I find this site: Department of Health UK - Exposure. It offer blog posts from Dr. Dan Cooper, one of 50 NHS volunteers in Sierra Leone. So far he's... Continue reading
Posted 46 minutes ago at H5N1
I've discovered Sierra Leone - Ebola Emergency, a blog just a few weeks old and run by Dr. John Wright. He's been involved in the creation of a new Ebola treatment centre in Moyamba, and the blog is vivid, detailed,... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
This was just on CBC Radio news, and here is a confirming post from SIERRA LEONE ISSUES: Following last night update, I am now so sad to inform that the family of Dr. Victor Willoughby have confirmed to me that... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via Oeil d'Afrique: Ebola: the three most affected countries could benefit from debt cancellation. The Google translation: "Donors have been generous enough by announcing a debt relief, but we need to go further and completely cancel the debt." This statement... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Sierra Leone Telegraph: Christmas cancelled in Sierra Leone as the Ebola crisis worsens. Excerpt: After much speculation as to whether there will be a national Ebola lockdown this Christmas, and uncertainty as to the extent of such an... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: ‘Confronting Ebola for the first time generates strong emotions’. Excerpt: Dr Martin Deahl is a consultant psychiatrist from Newport in Shropshire. He recently completed his first shift in a 100-bed Ebola treatment centre built by the UK... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: World Health Organisation and DfID slow to react on Ebola, say UK MPs. Excerpt: The British government has been urged to press world leaders to review the function and structure of the World Health Organisation (WHO) following... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via IRIN Africa: Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments. Excerpt: For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
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Credit: Dr. John Carroll Via his Peoria Journal Star blog, Dispatches from Haiti, Dr. John Carroll writes: Keket and the Law. Excerpt: This pretty lady showed up in the Robillard clinic the other day. She walked with her sixty year... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the UN News Centre: Ebola: UN Secretary-General will visit West Africa to ‘show solidarity with those affected’. Excerpt: 17 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he will leave today for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Times of India: Avian flu hits Chandigarh. Excerpt and then a comment: CHANDIGARH: One of several samples taken from dozens of domestic geese that died in Chandigarh's Sukhna lake has tested positive for the dreaded avian flu, triggering... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Concord Times: President Koroma opens new Ebola Care Centre at Newton. Excerpt: President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday opened a new Ebola Community Care Centre (CCC) at Newton, in the Western Rural as part of a scale up of services... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Atlantic, a long article: Lessons From an Outbreak: How Ebola Shaped 2014. Excerpt: This was the year of the biggest Ebola outbreak of all time. It started in Guinea at the tail end of 2013, and the World... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Ebola centres overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight. Excerpt: Ebola centres in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org.au, some good news: Ebola outbreak contained in Lofa county, Liberia. Excerpt: Médecins Sans Frontières has decided to withdraw from Lofa County, Liberia, as the situation has improved so much. New organisations have arrived to help and since 30... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
The Tyee has published a three-part series by writer/composer John MacLachlan Grey about his experiences in the Canadian healthcare system, ranging from a colonscopy to a brush with a superbug. Here's an excerpt from the first part, A Certain Urgency:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Daily Star in Lebanon: Ninth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu: Health Ministry. Excerpt: CAIRO: A 20-year-old Egyptian woman died from bird flu on Wednesday, the ninth death in the country from the virus out of 18 identified... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published its Ebola response roadmap - Situation report for December 17. The summary: A total of 18 603 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Ministry of Health and Sanitation: Ebola Virus Disease – Situation Report, December 16. As of December 15, Sierra Leone reported 55 new confirmed cases (plus 17 suspected) since the previous day, and 25 deaths. The cumulative numbers are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I'm happy to add this site to the Ebola Resources list: EngAyde.org | Concerned Sierra Leoneans taking Action. From the home page: Our mission To positively inform and influence as well as offer practical coordination support to Sierra Leoneans and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia. Excerpt: Between 20 November and 7 December 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 11 additional cases of Middle... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Prensa Latina: Presidente Raúl Castro hablará hoy sobre relaciones Cuba-EE.UU..[President Raúl Castro will speak today on Cuban-US relation] The entire report, with my translation: La televisión cubana anunció hoy una intervención especial del presidente Raúl Castro a las 12:00... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1