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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
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Vietnam reports H5N6 and H5N1 outbreaks as Europe battles more H5N8. Excerpt: Animal health officials in Vietnam reported the first outbreaks of the year involving two highly pathogenic avian flu strains—H5N6 and H5N1—as five European... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from the WFP and UNHCR: Severe food shortages hit Africa’s refugees hard – UNHCR and WFP warn. Excerpt: The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in JAMA Pediatrics: Understanding How Zika Virus Exposure and Infection Affect Child Development. The abstract: Importance The Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has profoundly affected the lives of children and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the South China Morning Post: Mutation of H7N9 bird flu strain found in Guangdong patients. Excerpt: China has reported the first genetic mutation of the H7N9 bird flu virus with specialists predicting the change will result in more dead... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP closely monitors three human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Mainland. Excerpt: The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 20) closely monitoring three additional human cases... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '3 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. All three are primary cases (one involving camel contact) affecting Saudi men in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Mahayel. The Jeddah case is stable; the other two... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via IPC: Republic of South Sudan: Current and Projected (January-July 2017) Acute Food Insecurity Situation. Excerpt: According to the IPC Analysis update conducted by the South Sudan IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) and endorsed by the government: The food security... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China. Excerpt: Between 19 January and 14 February 2017, a total of 304 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection have been reported to WHO from mainland China though the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Tyee, a 2015 article by Andrew MacLeod: Seven Things You Need to Know about Inequality. Excerpt: Following are seven key facts I think you should know about the growing gap between rich and poor in B.C. and elsewhere:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
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Via the Parkland Institute, a 2015 fact sheet: From Gap to Chasm. Excerpt: Chart 1: Gini Indexes for Canada and Canadian Provinces (Before Tax) In 1990 Alberta had the same Gini index as Canada (0.317/0.318) and Saskatchewan at 0.341 was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
Via The Huffington Post: The 5 Things You Need To Know About Canadian Economic Inequality. Certain segments of society encounter persistent disadvantages and lack of opportunity across the country. This can affect everything from health outcomes of individuals and entire... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
Via The Economist: The Economist explains: Why globalisation may not reduce inequality in poor countries. GLOBALISATION has made the planet more equal. As communication gets cheaper and transport gets faster, developing countries have closed the gap with their rich-world counterparts.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
Via The National Bureau of Economic Research: Globalization and Poverty. Excerpt: Does globalization, as its advocates maintain, help spread the wealth? Or, as its critics charge, does globalization hurt the poor? In a new book titled Globalization and Poverty, edited... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
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Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '2 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. Both cases involve Saudi men with direct contact with camels, one in Jeddah and the other in Riyadh. Both are in critical condition. Another case... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Flu in China: China: Guizhou reported a human H7N9 AIV case in Qiandongnan. The public health authority reported a human H7N9 AIV case in Danzhai county on 17th Feb 2017. The case was found among unknown pneumonia cases during... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News Manitoba: Dozens of asylum seekers, baby, cross into Manitoba Sunday. Excerpt: Dozens more asylum seekers — including at least one baby — who fled the United States for Canada, made their way into Manitoba early Sunday morning,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? When he got the letter after Christmas saying he was entitled to an unconditional income of €560 (£478) a month, Mika Ruusunen couldn’t... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bridging the Income Gap
Via Flu in China: China: Qingdao reported an imported human H7N9 AIV case from Rizhao. Qingdao reported an imported human H7N9 AIV case from nearby Rizhao city on 19th Feb 2017. The 48-year-old female patient, surname Song, resident of Dashenzhuang... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Focus Taiwan, a CNA report: Number of H5N6 bird flu cases rises to 17 (update). Two cases of the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza infection were confirmed in Hsinchu and Tainan Sunday, bringing the total number of H5N6 cases... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Shanghai Daily, a Xinhua report: Guangxi reports one H7N9 fatality. Excerpt: A woman infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has died. The patient, a 41-year-old woman with the surname Li,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Local.se: Sweden mulls universal chickenpox vaccinations for children. Sweden is considering introducing a universal vaccination programme against chickenpox, which would make such vaccinations free for toddlers. According to national broadcaster SVT, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Australia’s new normal … as city temperatures hit 47C people shelter from the deadly heat. Excerpt: Nahid is resting on a bench outside a Target clothing store, her groceries beside her. A cheery, middle-aged woman with a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this report in bioRxiv: Genome sequencing reveals Zika virus diversity and spread in the Americas. The abstract: Despite great attention given to the recent Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic in the Americas,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
The National Institute of Health has published its Boletín Epidemiológico for week 6. On page 97, it reports that nine cases of microcephaly and other congenital CNS defects were reported in week 6. From week 1 of 2016 the total... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Epidemiological update: Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil. Excerpt from the assessment: The risk of yellow fever transmission in the EU/EEA is currently very low as it depends on the virus being introduced by viraemic travellers to an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1