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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.
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CMRE has published Situation épidémiologique du 15 octobre 2019, including a weekly summary. Excerpt from the Google translation:EVOLUTION OF THE EPIDEMIC IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND ITURI AS AT OCTOBER 14, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Since the... Continue reading
Posted 2 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Actualite.cd: DRC-Ebola: State of play of the response and the security situation in the East at the heart of the interview between Muyembe and David Gressly. The Google translation: The Technical Secretary of the Multisectoral Ebola Response Committee, Professor... Continue reading
Posted 11 minutes ago at H5N1
Via 7sur7.cd: DRC-Ebola: "New vaccine grants strong immunity than former", (MSF). The Google translation: Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF), supports the introduction of the second vaccine to eradicate Ebola virus, mainly in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, in eastern... Continue reading
Posted 18 minutes ago at H5N1
WHO AFRO has published Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in DRC - Sitrep 63 (2019). Excerpt: In the past week, from 7 to 13 October, 15 new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases were reported from five health zones in two... Continue reading
Posted 39 minutes ago at H5N1
Via WHO AFRO: More than 18 million children in Uganda to be immunized against measles, rubella and polio in mass campaign. Kampala, 15 October 2019 – Uganda is set to immunize more than 18 million children against measles and rubella,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A very interesting review in Nature of Frank M. Snowden's new book Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present. The reviewer, Laura Spinney, is herself the author of Pale Rider, the definitive history of the Spanish flu:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: Northeast Syria: MSF forced to evacuate staff due to extreme volatility in the region. AMSTERDAM/NORTHEAST SYRIA - Following the launch of Turkish military operations and the extremely volatile situation in northeast Syria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has taken... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Nature Communications: Impacts of environmental and socio-economic factors on emergence and epidemic potential of Ebola in Africa. The abstract: Recent outbreaks of animal-borne emerging infectious diseases have likely been precipitated by a complex interplay of changing ecological, epidemiological and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet: Effects of tranexamic acid on death, disability, vascular occlusive events and other morbidities in patients with acute traumatic brain injury (CRASH-3): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The summary: Background Tranexamic acid reduces surgical bleeding and decreases mortality in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A WHO DON: Cholera – Republic of the Sudan. Excerpt: On 8 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) notified WHO about a cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South... Continue reading
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The MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard reports 4 new cases to begin epidemiological week 42, making 49 in the past 21 days and 3,224 since the outbreak was declared. Out of 5,700 contacts, 700 are going untraced. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Radio Okapi: Mambasa: Young people attack Ebola response team after child's death. The Google translation: Calm returned on Monday (October 14th) to Lolwa-center, after a strong tension recorded Sunday in this village located 64 kilometers north of Mambasa on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, a report from IOM: First Families Cross into Iraq After Crisis in North Eastern Syria. Excerpt: Duhok Governorate - On Saturday night (12/10) almost 200 Syrian Kurds started crossing the border into Iraq’s Kurdistan Region (KRI) to escape... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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CMRE has published Situation épidémiologique du 14 octobre 2019. Excerpt from the Google translation: EVOLUTION OF THE EPIDEMIC IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND ITURI AS AT OCTOBER 13, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 Since the beginning of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Xinhua: Malawi dismisses reports of first Ebola case. Excerpt: LILONGWE, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Health authorities in Malawi have dismissed as false reports that first Ebola case has been recorded in the country's border district of Karonga. The scare... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
An excerpt from Flu News Europe: Week 40/2019 (30 September– 6 October 2019) • This is the first weekly report for the 2019–2020 influenza season. • Influenza activity was low throughout the European Region. Influenza viruses were detected sporadically in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
ECDC has published Influenza virus characterisation, September 2019. The executive summary: Since the July 2019 characterisation report1, a further three shipments of influenza-positive specimens from EU/EEA countries were received at the London WHO CC, the Francis Crick Worldwide Influenza Centre... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences: Long-term wildlife mortality surveillance in northern Congo: a model for the detection of Ebola virus disease epizootics. The abstract: Ebolavirus (EBOV) has caused disease outbreaks taking thousands of lives,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard reports 2 new cases on October 12, making 15 so far this week, 51 in the past 21 days, and 3,220 since the outbreak was decleared. Out of 5,900 contacts, 600 are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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CMRE has published Situation épidémiologique du 13 octobre 2019, with data for October 12. Excerpt from the Google translation: EVOLUTION OF THE EPIDEMIC IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND ITURI AS AT OCTOBER 12, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
By email, a statement from WHO: 13 October, Cairo, Egypt — WHO is gravely concerned about the humanitarian health situation in northeast Syria, where up to 200,000 people have been displaced as a result of increased military operations since 9... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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Google Maps Via Actualite.cd: Cholera in DRC: epidemic reported in Maniema, 40 cases tested positive. The Google translation: The governor of Maniema province, Auguy Musafiri, said Saturday the cholera outbreak in his jurisdiction after forty cases were tested positive in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times: 12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia. Excerpt: The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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After days of 1 or 2 cases, the MoH/WHO AFRO Ebola DRC KIVU 2018 Dashboard reports 6 cases on October 12, making 13 so far this week, 49 in the past 21 days, and 3,218 total. Out of 5,600 contacts,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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CMRE has published Situation épidémiologique du 12 octobre 2019, with data for October 11. Excerpt from the Google translation: EVOLUTION OF THE EPIDEMIC IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND ITURI AS AT OCTOBER 11, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1