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North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via Nature Communications: Compound mortality impacts from extreme temperatures and the COVID-19 pandemic. The abstract: Extreme weather and coronavirus-type pandemics are both leading global health concerns. Until now, no study has quantified the compound health consequences of the co-occurrence of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via MMWR: Outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Viruses in U.S. Dairy Cattle and Detection of Two Human Cases — United States, 2024. The summary and abstract: Summary What is already known about this topic? Influenza A(H5) virus infection... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Thanks to FluTrackers for posting this report from the Victoria health department: Human case of avian influenza (bird flu) detected in returned traveller to Victoria. This case seems unrelated to the avian flu reported yesterday in poultry farms in Victoria.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at H5N1
Via Agriculture Victoria: Current situation — 22 May 2024. Excerpt: We are investigating poultry deaths at an egg farm near Meredith. Preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of avian influenza. Samples have been delivered to the Australian Centre for Disease... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2024 at H5N1
Via CBC News, a report by Lauren Pelly: There's no question H5N1 bird flu has 'pandemic potential.' How likely is that worst-case scenario? Excerpt" As early as 1997, just a year after H5N1 was first discovered, there were warning signs... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2024 at H5N1
Via Bovine Veterinarian, an important article: A Message to the Ag Industry about H5N1. Excerpt from the long report: So far, H5N1 has been officially confirmed in only 32 herds in eight states, according to data from USDA’s Animal and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2024 at H5N1
Via the Canadian Institute for Health Information: Understanding health care trajectories of people living with dementia. The key findings: • People living with dementia follow different health care trajectories. These trajectories reflect the differences in their health care needs and in the supports available. • More than half of people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at The Politics of Dementia
WHO has published a news release: Global immunization efforts have saved at least 154 million lives over the past 50 years. Excerpt: A major landmark study to be published by The Lancet reveals that global immunization efforts have saved an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at H5N1
A Disease Outbreak News item from WHO: Avian Influenza A(H9N2)- Viet Nam. Excerpt: Situation at a Glance The World Health Organization (WHO) was notified about a case of human infection with an influenza A(H9N2) virus in Viet Nam on 9... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2024 at H5N1
WHO attempts to settle a toxic dispute: Global technical consultation report on proposed terminology for pathogens that transmit through the air. Click or tap through to download the full report. The overview: Terminology used to describe the transmission of pathogens... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at H5N1
Via MMWR: Measles — United States, January 1, 2020–March 28, 2024. The summary: What is already known about this topic? Although endemic U.S. measles was declared eliminated in 2000, measles importations continue to occur. Prolonged outbreaks during 2019 threatened the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2024 at H5N1
A DON from WHO: Avian Influenza A(H5N1) – United States of America. Excerpt: Situation at a Glance The World Health Organization (WHO) was notified about a laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with an influenza A(H5N1) virus on 1 April 2024... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2024 at H5N1
A WHO Disease Outbreak News report: Avian Influenza A(H5N1) – Viet Nam. Excerpt: Situation at a Glance The World Health Organization (WHO) was notified about a case of human infection with an influenza A(H5N1) virus on 25 March 2024 by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2024 at H5N1
Via STAT, a report by Helen Branswell, who has been tracking H5N1 longer than anyone else: Bird flu reported in person exposed to presumably infected cattle. Excerpt: Texas health officials reported Monday that an individual who had been in contact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2024 at H5N1
Health authorities in Khanh Hoa are evidently working hard to find the source of the fatal A/H5 influenza case. Here's another report from Khanh Hoa Online, as translated by Google: 5 samples taken from A/H5 patient's flock test negative On... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2024 at H5N1
I often try to get as close to the locale of a news story as I can, because the local report may have details dropped by other sources. This report from Khanh Hoa Online is a case in point. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2024 at H5N1
Thanks to Mike Coston and FluTrackers for alerting me to this story. Via Saigon Giai Phong: Patient with influenza A/H5 in Khanh Hoa died. The Google translation: After 8 days of treatment for influenza A/H5, a 21-year-old male patient, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2024 at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset, a report that brings back decades of memories: Researcher: Schools should demand more. Excerpt: Leea Lakka spent a year sitting at the back of the class and found that schools need to expect more from pupils. Lakka, a doctoral researcher, set out to find out why pupils... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2024 at Finnish Education Forum
A major report in The Lancet: Global age-sex-specific mortality, life expectancy, and population estimates in 204 countries and territories and 811 subnational locations, 1950–2021, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2024 at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report by MSF: Retrospective estimation of crude mortality and level of violence suffered by the population of Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the year 2022 and 2023 - Final Report (November 2023). Click through to download the full report. The news release: Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Paris, France, 29 February... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2024 at Cholera in Haiti
Via its home page, the Canadian Covid Society introduces itself. Excerpt: Our Mission At the Canadian Covid Society, we strive to protect the health and safety of people in Canada against the harms of COVID-19 and long Covid, through education,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2024 at H5N1
Via NEJM: Cognition and Memory after Covid-19 in a Large Community Sample. The abstract: BACKGROUND Cognitive symptoms after coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), are well-recognized. Whether objectively measurable cognitive deficits... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2024 at H5N1
A disease outbreak news report from WHO: Nipah virus infection - Bangladesh. Excerpt: Situation at a Glance Outbreaks of Nipah virus (NiV) infection are seasonal in Bangladesh, with cases usually occurring annually between December and April corresponding with the harvesting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2024 at H5N1
Via the American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Impacts of poverty and lifestyles on mortality: a cohort study in predominantly low-income Americans. The full article is paywalled, but here's the abstract: Introduction Low socioeconomic status has been linked to increased mortality.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2024 at H5N1
Via The Guardian, very bad news: Scientists confirm first cases of bird flu on mainland Antarctica. Excerpt: Bird flu has reached mainland of Antarctica for the first time, officials have confirmed. The H5N1 virus was found on Friday in two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2024 at H5N1