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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 kcra.com: 8 more found dead; Camp Fire death toll rises to 71. Excerpt: At least 71 people have been killed in a wildfire burning in Butte County, officials said Friday. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the bodies of... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Since the end of the yellow fever outbreak, I've lost touch with many of my Brazilian sources of health news. Now, with the impending inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro on January 1, such sources will be increasingly important. A quick search... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Armed rebels kill UN peacekeepers in Ebola hot spot. Excerpt: A joint operation yesterday against armed rebels near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola hot spot in Beni killed seven United Nations peacekeepers,... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at H5N1
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The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri at Friday, November 16, 2018. Excerpt from the Google translation: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCES... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Science News: A ‘rediscovered’ drug against sleeping sickness gets the green light. Excerpt: A powerful new treatment for human African trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping sickness, received a stamp of approval today from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Chico Enterprise-Record: Camp Fire Friday update: Toll rises, evacuees face hardships – Chico Enterprise-Record. Click or tap through for links to more reports, photos, and videos. More than a week after the Camp Fire swept through Paradise, Concow... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via CBC News: Antibiotic resistance a serious health-care threat to Canadians, experts say. Excerpt: With cold and flu season upon us, some patients will undoubtedly go to their doctors seeking a prescription for antibiotics, even though the drugs are useless... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
An editorial in Eurosurveillance: Antimicrobials in acute and long-term care: a point in time along the way to improved use. Excerpt: Antimicrobial use is the most important modifiable factor contributing to resistance. One key strategy against antimicrobial resistance that has... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Fighting a polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea. Excerpt: After a long morning of organised chaos inside a crowded government compound in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby, hundreds of health workers and volunteers are finally wrangled... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
WHO AFRO has published its Weekly Bulletin on Outbreaks and Other Emergencies for week 45. Excerpt: The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to evolve. Since our last report... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via globo.com G1: Cuban embassy advises municipal health councils doctors will leave Brazil at year's end. Excerpt from the Google translation, and then a comment: The National Council of Municipal Health Secretaries (Conasems) reported on Thursday (15) that it has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Seven peacekeepers killed in clashes near Ebola-hit part of east Congo. Excerpt: GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - At least seven U.N. peacekeepers were killed in clashes with militias in an area that is at the center of the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Not Far From Flint, Contamination Has Left Detroit School Taps Dry. Excerpt: DETROIT — For a year now, Marcel Clark, a Detroit police officer and father of three, has been filling a 50-gallon drum each... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Chico Enterprise-Record: Norovirus at several Camp Fire shelters. Excerpt: CHICO — Close quarters make for the easy spread of sickness, which explains a norovirus outbreak at the Camp Fire evacuation centers. Lisa Almaguer of Butte County Public Health... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Excerpt from the Google translation: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCES... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The East African, a reminder that post-Ebola syndrome also includes political symptoms: Sierra Leone revives Ebola funds probe. Excerpt: The vexing issue of alleged misuse of funds meant to fight the deadly West African Ebola epidemic is back on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via mediacongo.net: Cholera: 857 dead and 25,000 cases since January in the DRC. Excerpt from the Google translation: "25,170 cases of cholera including 857 deaths" have been reported since the beginning of the year in the Democratic Republic of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Google Maps Via allAfrica.com, a Daily Monitor report: Uganda: Ebola Scare Rocks Hoima - allAfrica.com. There was tension in Hoima District on Thursday evening after a 31-year-old Boda boda cyclist died with symptoms similar to those of Ebola. According to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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In The Conversation, Douglas Brugge and Kevin James Lane write: Fine particle air pollution is a public health emergency hiding in plain sight. Excerpt: Ambient air pollution is the largest environmental health problem in the United States and in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A news release from the Ministry of Health: DRC MINISTRY OF HEALTH - National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) becomes WHO's first collaborating center in the DRC. The Google translation: The National Institute of Biomedical Research becomes the first WHO... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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Google Maps Via the Chico Enterprise-Record: More remains found in Paradise area increasing death toll to 56. Excerpt: An additional eight remains were found in the Paradise area bringing the number of deaths to 56 in the Camp Fire. Of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, the IFRC has published Rwanda: Ebola Preparedness Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) update n° 1. It makes discouraging reading. Excerpt: Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: The Operation update seeks a timeframe extension of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The MOH has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Note that the table below is partly blacked out; the MOH is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Statistics Canada: The Daily — Drug overdose crisis: Socioeconomic characteristics of those dying of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia, 2011 to 2016. Excerpt: According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, on average, nearly 10 people died each... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Scientists divided over new research method to combat malaria. Excerpt: Research on a radical new way to combat malaria and other devastating diseases could be knocked off track if a UN biodiversity conference imposes a moratorium on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1