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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
The Tyee has published my article How the House of Saud Inflicted 500,000 Cholera Cases — As Policy. Excerpt: The proxy war is a career move by Mohammed bin Salman, the 31-year-old son of the present 81-year-old Saudi king. His... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Daily Beast: Crooks Dig Up Sierra Leone’s ‘Ebola Cemetery’. Excerpt: CALABAR, Nigeria—After a devastating mudslide hit Freetown, Sierra Leone, early last week, the nation held a painful ceremony to bury the dead. The government hired about 600 gravediggers,... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Pathfinder at FluTrackers for linking to this PLOS ONE report: West Nile virus in Ontario, Canada: A twelve-year analysis of human case prevalence, mosquito surveillance, and climate data. The abstract: West Nile Virus (WNV) first arrived in Ontario,... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
WHO EMRO has published its Daily Epidemiological Update for August 22: 548,499 cases since April 27, with 2,013 deaths. This is an increase of 6,221 cases and 10 deaths in 24 hours. Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Infectious causes of microcephaly: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management. The summary: Microcephaly is an important sign of neurological malformation and a predictor of future disability. The 2015–16 outbreak of Zika virus and congenital Zika infection... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: 'Too many soldiers to feed': North Koreans fear more sanctions as drought threatens famine. Excerpt: Sanctions and the worst drought for almost two decades threaten to cause severe hardship for millions of people in North Korea, while... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via allAfrica.com, a Radio Dabanga report: Sudan: 42 Cholera Dead in South Darfur Camp. Nyala — In two months, 42 people have died of cholera in Kalma camp for displaced people in South Darfur. 539 others have been infected. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center, the August 21 update: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. A 48-year-old Saudi man in Alaflaj is in stable condition; he is reported to have had direct camel contact. Three expatriate... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO EMRO has published its Daily Epidemiological Update for August 21: 542,278 cases and 2,003 deaths. Excerpt from the highlights: Country level • The cumulative total from 27 April to 20 August 2017 is 542,278 cases and 2,003 deaths (CFR... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Effect of acute Zika virus infection on sperm and virus clearance in body fluids: a prospective observational study. The summary: Background Evidence of human sexual transmission during Zika virus emergence is a matter of concern,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: Brain scans reveal impact of contact sports even on young, healthy athletes: study. Excerpt: Young healthy athletes who play sports where body contact is an integral, or even a possible, part of the game have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people? Excerpt and then a comment: Violence, preventable diseases and traffic accidents are to blame for a widening of the youth mortality gap between the developed and developing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: France reports local chikungunya cluster. Excerpt: France has reported two locally acquired chikungunya cases in the south, and countries in the Americas reported a small rise in their illness total. In research developments, researchers from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News British Columbia: Overdose deaths in Vancouver surpass last year's total. The City of Vancouver says more people have died of a drug overdose so far in 2017 than during all of 2016. After the Vancouver Police Department... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News British Columbia: Overdose deaths in Vancouver surpass last year's total. The City of Vancouver says more people have died of a drug overdose so far in 2017 than during all of 2016. After the Vancouver Police Department... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria. Excerpt: Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in nine countries... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via WHO's Regional Office for Africa: Preventing spread of disease in wake of mudslides is vital, says WHO. Excerpt: The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO EMRO has published its Daily Epidemiological Update for August 20: 537,322 cases since April 27, and 2,000 deaths. That is an increase of 5,014 cases and two deaths over August 19. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Daily Herald: Country sees first case of suspected Zika-related microcephaly at SMMC. Excerpt: CAY HILL--A baby born at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to a mother from a neighbouring island is believed to be the first suspected case... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Imported pork from leading supermarkets may cause hepatitis. Excerpt: Pork products sold at a leading supermarket may have infected British shoppers with a virus that can cause liver failure and death, it has emerged. Researchers at Public... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
So maybe it's not a mix of gastroenteritis and malaria. Via Kogi Reports: NCDC Counters Kogi Govt, Says Cause of Strange Killer Disease Not Yet Identified. Excerpt: The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, says tests are ongoing in their... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Star: Health Canada approves immediate opening of a safe injection site in Toronto. Excerpt: Health Canada has approved the immediate opening of a downtown supervised safe injection site to combat the opioid crisis in Toronto, but it’s not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Philippines deploys troops to a second province to fight bird flu. Excerpt: The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Kogi Reports: Gastroenteritis: Kogi Govt Addressing The Health Issues in Yagba West – Spokesman. Excerpt: The Kogi State Government has been reported to be working round the clock to avert further loss of lives in Yagba West Local Government... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
WHO EMRO has published its Daily Epidemiological Update for August 19: 532,308 cases and 1,998 deaths since the outbreak began in late April. That's an increase of 4,838 over August 18, and one more death. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1