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Crof
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 ReliefWeb, Mercy Corps has published The Ebola Effect: The economic impacts of a public health crisis. Click or tap through to download the full report as a PDF. The overview: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is currently... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Actualite.cd: Ebola: Burundi vaccinates its health workers at the DRC border. The Google translation: The Burundian authorities on Tuesday (August 13th) launched a campaign to vaccinate health workers against the Ebola epidemic in Gatumba, a border town with the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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The MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard reports 7 new cases on August 16, making 37 this week, 229 in the past 21 days, and 2,868 since the outbreak was declared. Of those cases, 1,921 have died and 849... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
ECDC has published Communicable disease threats report, 11-17 August 2019, week 33. The summary: This issue covers the period from 11 to 17 August 2019 and includes updates on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, chikungunya... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Trust: Expert says Nigeria capable of handling Ebola case. Excerpt: A medical expert, Dr Ademola Lawal, has said that Nigeria has the capacity to handle any case of Ebola in the country with its experience on the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via 7sur7.cd: Ebola in South Kivu: Urgent meeting convened this Saturday. The Google translation: After the confirmed case of Ebola in South Kivu province, 100 kilometers from the city of Bukavu, the Provincial Health Inspectorate announces that two helicopters from... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Thomson Reuters: Ebola spread to new Congo area shows flawed response - aid workers. Excerpt and then a comment: DAKAR, Aug 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Actualite.cd: DRC-Measles: More than 2,700 deaths in eight months, MSF warns crisis could worsen. The Google translation: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns about the measles epidemic that continues to wreak havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 2,758... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The Technical Secretariat has emailed its August 16 update. Excerpt from the Google translation and then some comments: MULTISECTORAL NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RESPONSE TO EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT SUBJECT: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard report 9 new cases on August 15, making it 30 so far this week, with 230 cases in the past 21 days and 2,861 since the outbreak was declared. The dashboard includes... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via JAMA Network Open: Sex-Specific Differences in End-of-Life Burdensome Interventions and Antibiotic Therapy in Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia. The key points and abstract: Key Points Question What are the population-based frequency, factors, and sex-specific differences in burdensome interventions and antibiotic therapy at the very end of life among... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Politics of Dementia
Via Radio Okapi: North Kivu: Ebola response agents unpaid since April. The Google translation: Employees recruited for the Ebola response in Mungurejipa, in Lubero territory (North Kivu) triggered Thursday, August 15 a dry strike to claim the payment of their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to new province as epidemic continues to spiral. Excerpt: The year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a new province, with two cases – one of them... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Via 7sur7.cd, news of an unwelcome development: Ebola in South Kivu: Governor Theo Kasi hails "the vigilance of the response teams" and reassures neighboring countries. As the map shows, Mwenga is 400 km by road from Goma. The Google translation:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The Technical Secretariat did not send out its August 15 update until late last night. Here is an excerpt from the Google translation: MULTISECTORAL NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RESPONSE TO EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT SUBJECT: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
WHO has published its weekly update: Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo. Excerpt: The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued this week with similar... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: Parents file complaints over "failure" of new school. Excerpt: Parents of children at the Pontus school in the city of Lappeenranta in eastern Finland have filed a number of complaints with the Regional State Administrative Agency about teaching methods and practices at the school. In some cases,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via Habari RDC, an aggregator of Congolese blogs: In the fight against Ebola in Congo, Rwanda looks like Wakanda. The Google translation: In the world of Marvel cinema, Wakanda is a country of Africa very advanced in technology. To avoid... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Eurosurveillance has published Intense interseasonal influenza outbreaks, Australia, 2018/19. The abstract: Background Interseasonal influenza outbreaks are not unusual in countries with temperate climates and well-defined influenza seasons. Usually, these are small and diminish before the main influenza season begins. However,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Actualite.cd: DRC-Ebola: A body bag and gloves that help dignified burial and secure deaths, discovered after use in a river in Kanyabayonga. Excerpt from the Google translation: A mortuary bag already used and gloves were found this Thursday, August... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via 7sur7.cd: Kasaï Oriental: More than 40,000 children aged 6 to 59 months vaccinated against measles in Kabeya Kamuanga. The Google translation:More than 40,000 children aged 6 to 59 months were vaccinated against measles from 8 to 13 August 2019... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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The MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard reports 10 new cases on August 14, making 21 so far this week, 228 in the past 21 days, and 2,852 since the outbreak began. Deaths are now at 1,905 and 842... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Credit: Peter Graff, WHO WHO has published What hope looks like. Excerpt: In the fight to stop the spread of Ebola in The Democratic Republic of the Congo there are many dark days. Tuesday 13 August was not one of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
The Tyee has published my article Is This Langley ‘Village’ the Future of Dementia Care? Excerpt: On a hot July day I drove out to Langley, British Columbia, to visit the Village, a new dementia-care facility that opened a few days later on Aug. 5. While it’s new to Canada,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Politics of Dementia
Thanks to Mary Marshall for sending the link to this op-ed in Nature: Pandemic bonds: designed to fail in Ebola. Excerpt: The final toll of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014–16 was more than 11,000 lives, plus an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1