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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 African Spotlight.com: #OndoX: Death toll rises to 31 as strange disease hits Ondo community. Excerpt: At least 31 people have died from an unknown epidemic which hit Ode Irele, a serene community in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Ronan Kelly for tweeting the link to this SaharaReporters.com article by Dr. Soyombo Ayomikun: Demystifying The Mysterious Disease In Ondo State: No Cause For Alarm! Following the outbreak of the yet-to-be-identified disease in Irele, Ondo State, our medical... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Facebook page of reporter Umaru Fofana: On the last day of my weeklong school visits I've observed two things I've not shared with you before: We can't stop kids from touching each other so we must pray for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Safety and immunogenicity of Ebola virus and Marburg virus glycoprotein DNA vaccines assessed separately and concomitantly in healthy Ugandan adults: a phase 1b, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The summary: Background Ebola virus and Marburg virus cause... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: "Exhausted" Liberia struggles with long Ebola 'to do' list. Treating trauma and the mental health issues of Ebola survivors is one of the many challenges facing "exhausted" Liberia, a senior health ministry official said. Liberia has weathered the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via PLOS Currents Outbreaks: Services for Mothers and Newborns During the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: The Need for Improvement in Emergencies. The abstract: Background: The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented. Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Poultry Site: New Outbreaks of High-path Avian Flu in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota. Excerpt: Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N2 variant were confirmed on turkey farms on 16 April (as well as one... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Ondo state government website: Ondo State government takes step to curtail strange epidemic disease in Ode Irele. Ondo State Government has sued for calm over a strange illness in Ode Irele town in Irele local government area in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Words of concern, walls of deterrence: refugees pushed out to sea. Excerpt: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has just announced that it will launch search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The move has been deemed controversial by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia. Excerpt: Between 2 and 12 April 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via WHO EMRO: Situation reports. Click through to download the PDF of this and earlier sitreps. The key points: • During the reporting period, 119 deaths and 715 injuries were reported by health facilities. This brings the total number of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Premium Times: Strange disease ravages Ondo community; 28 dead. Excerpt: The Ondo State Government is working hard to control a strange disease which suddenly broke out in the Ode-Irele community of Ondo state, leading to the death of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, an update for April 16 on Avian Influenza. Click through for a great deal of information, including county-by-county breakdowns, but this very short bullet list sums it up: • Total number of birds... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Times of India: H5N1 virus ran riot as government slept in Hyderabad. It was only after 39,240 birds perished that the state animal husbandry department woke up to the deadly avian influenza virus doing the rounds on the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Thanks to Nigerianbulletin.com for tweeting the link to this report from HeraldNewsMagazine.com: Disease worse than Ebola infects Nigerians. Residents of Irele township in Ondo state have been hit by a deadly diseases. According to reports, the victims wake up loosing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via US News & World Report, a report by The Associated Press: USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'. Excerpt: The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via SaharaReporters.com: Infectious Disease Outbreak Kills Over 25 In Ondo, Health Officials Claim It Is Not Ebola. The complete report: An outbreak of a strange ailment has claimed more than twenty five lives in Ode Irele in Irele local government... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Independent: Epidemic claims 27 in Ondo. An epidemic of an unknown disease has been reported in Ode Irele, Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, claiming 27 lives, a community leader told newsmen on Thursday. The state... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
At Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston posts: Reports Of An Unidentified, Rapidly Fatal Illness In Ondo, Nigeria. Excerpt: The African news media has been filled with reports over the past couple of hours of an outbreak of an unidentified illness... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office: WHO delivers life-saving health supplies into Yemen. Excerpt:The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered critical life-saving medicines, and medical/surgical supplies to Yemen, where fighting has resulted in hundreds killed and thousands injured, and newly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Avian influenza detected in Juneau and Barron County poultry. Excerpt: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture is responding to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Daily Mail Online, a Reuters report: Guinea finds nine new Ebola cases near border with Sierra Leone. Excerpt: Guinean authorities have confirmed at least nine new cases of Ebola in the southwest region of Forecariah near the border... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: California Parents Opposing State-Mandated Vaccinations of Children Delay Vote. Excerpt: SACRAMENTO — Several hundred Californians swarmed the State Capitol on Wednesday to oppose a bill that would eliminate their right not to vaccinate their children... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Suspicion slows dangerous work to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Excerpt: In the dense alleyways of Ittehad town on the outskirts of Karachi, the fastest growing city in Pakistan, Farhina Tousif is waging a losing battle with a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Deccan Chronicle: Telangana hid bird flu, Hyderabad poultry 'discreetly' culled 7,000 birds recently. Hyderabad: Poultry farm owners in Hayathnagar have made a serious allegation that the current bird flu outbreak is not the first in Telangana as has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1