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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 ABS-CBN News: DOH: Foreigner tests positive for MERS. Excerpt: The Department of Health confirmed Monday that a foreigner from the Middle East who recently arrived in the Philippines has tested positive for MERS-Cov. Health Secretary Janette Garin said the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Mail Online, a Reuters report: Philippines confirms second MERS case. The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus on Monday in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Boulder Creek fire. Credit: BC Wildfire Service The sun came up orange into a smoky Vancouver sky this morning, and it's going down the same way. If anything, the smoke has thickened this evening, most of it coming from a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Yonhap News, a July 6 report: S. Korea reports no additional MERS deaths or cases. Excerpt: No additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported in South Korea on Monday, with the total number of people diagnosed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Korea Herald: [Newsmaker] Korea’s MERS concerns more about politics than health. Excerpt: South Koreans tend to perceive the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome as a political issue, not a health issue, illustrating a different attitude from what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via GhanaWeb: No money to fight Bird Flu. Excerpt: The chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs, Gabriel Essilfie and a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hannah Bissiw on Thursday made an urgent appeal to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - need for increased vigilance and watchful surveillance for MERS-CoV in sub-Saharan African Africa. Excerpt from an uncorrected... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Irish Times: ‘Lazy’ strategy set to result in poorer learning - expert. Excerpt: By making parental choice the cornerstone of its education system, Ireland is following a “lazy”, market-based strategy which is likely to produce greater inequalities and poorer learning outcomes, renowned educational expert Pasi Sahlberg has said.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Finnish Education Forum
If nothing else, the MERS cases at Samsung should cause a major revolution in South Korean public health. Via JoongAng Daily: New MERS cases at SMC trigger patient transfers. The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Korea, which was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. No deaths or recoveries are reported, so the numbers remain at seven cases under care, 578 recoveries, 1,045 total, and 460 deaths. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary for catching this Korea Herald report: MERS incubation period in doubt. Excerpt: South Korean health authorities said Sunday they were tracing the route of infection for the most recent case of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Dominican Plan to Expel Haitians Tests Close Ties. But it's more than just the island of Hispaniola. Excerpt: SABANETA, Dominican Republic — For decades, the people of Barrio Cementerio, a neighborhood divided evenly between Dominicans... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Helen Branswell for tweeting a heads-up about this development. Via the Ministry of Health and Human Services, a July 5 release: Press Release Contents "Homers 7.5 days (Middle respiratory diseases) Daily Status". Excerpt from the Google translation: □... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The New Yorker, Michael Specter writes: A Death from Measles. Click through for the full article and many links. Excerpt: The Washington State Department of Health announced on Thursday the first confirmed measles death in the United States in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Jakarta Post: Local airports on high alert against MERS. Excerpt: In anticipating outbreaks of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in several countries, the Health Ministry has launched a nationwide operation to prevent the disease from spreading in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Excerpt: Situation in Korea Between 1 and 3 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional confirmed case of Middle... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. No deaths or recoveries are reported either, so the numbers remain at seven cases under care, 578 recoveries, 1,045 total, and 460 deaths. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia. Excerpt and then a comment: Between 19 and 30 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Yonhap News, a July 4 report: Another doctor at Samsung's hospital contracts MERS: gov't. Excerpt: Another doctor at Samsung Group's hospital is confirmed to have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the government said Saturday, putting the total number... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Everyone is worried about Greece's vote on Sunday. But compared to China, the referendum is a note from Mum: "Please excuse Alexis's absence from school. He has the sniffles." Meanwhile, China may be about to prove Marx's views on boom-and-bust... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Greek economy close to collapse as food and medicine run short. Greece’s economy is on the brink of collapse after the capital controls imposed ahead of Sunday’s referendum left the country with shortages of food and drugs,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer: St. Kitts-Nevis Will Be Hit By Zika Virus Says CMO. Excerpt: It is almost an absolute certainty that the Federation will be affected by the mosquito borne Zika disease, says Chief Medical Officer... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via the Haitian Times, an editorial: Racial Cleansing In The DR: A Denial of Haitian Influence. The key thing to remember about the ethnic cleansing taking place in the Dominican Republic is that we are all immigrants of some nation.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published a new situation report: Recurrence of Ebola transmission in Liberia. On 9 May 2015, Liberia marked an important milestone in the management of their Ebola outbreak. On that day, the country was declared free of Ebola transmission... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via JoongAng Daily: Ministry reports new MERS case. Excerpt: The latest MERS patient announced Friday is reportedly a 24-year-old female nurse at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam District. Health officials said they are currently conducting an epidemiological investigation... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1