Saturday, 15 July 2017

900 words on some general stuff about viruses and those other bugs...


We (Dr @kat_arden and I) were invited to contribute one part to a four-part series in The Conversation this week - and after a lot of no...yes/no/yes from yours truly (I do that a lot these days), we put this piece together.

If I was still a researcher this might be classified 'public service' - but as a simple scientist these days, it's simply science communication. 😀

Now. Back to trying to get back into blogging about viruses. Or writing the MERS review. Or writing up my own old data... 😱

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Ebola virus disease over in the DRC....

Another year, another outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) overcome in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the help of a mix of expert local skill and knowledge, isolation and rapid global response.

The World Health Organization have summed up the end of an outbreak in which 4 died, 5 cases were lab confirmed and there were a total of 8 likely EVD cases.


References...

  1. http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/pressreleases/item/9744-who-declares-an-end-to-the-ebola-outbreak-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo.html

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Editor's Note #27: Anakin Fencewalker joins the Force...

After 19 years, our furry family member had to leave us this Wednesday. His quality of life was decreasing and he had stopped eating - he made the call and he let us know.

He is missed enormously and remembered daily by his human family, for many things.

He saw two PhDs completed; he sat through the writing of 70+ papers, a book, 14 chapters, 11 reviews (all had late night writing components that required pats and scratches), he watched over the growth of two babies and has been with them all their lives; he lived in the two houses my family have known; he was a constant companion to my wife and he kept me (and my keyboard) company while I wrote many pieces for this blog.

Anakin Fencewalker.
12SEPT1998-28JUL2017
Thankyou Anakin.

May the Fence be with you.