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Health Officials On Alert As MERS Case Detected For First Time In Malaysia

News outlets report on the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to Asia, where a case has been detected in Malaysia. Associated Press: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns “A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts…

Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough “A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply…

Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

Additional MERS Cases Detected In Middle East, Asia

News outlets report on additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) detected in the Middle East and Asia. Agence France-Presse: Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah “A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over…

India’s Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders As Third Gender

News outlets report on a landmark ruling by India’s Supreme Court recognizing transgenders as a third gender. Times of India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’ “In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to…

More Than 10K Affected By Chikungunya Outbreak In Tonga

ABC Radio Australia: Ten thousand infected in Tonga’s first chikungunya outbreak “There’s a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in Tonga, with more than ten thousand people affected. It’s the first time Tonga has seen an outbreak of the virus, which causes acute fever and joint pain…” (Graue, 4/16).

Pakistan To Administer Polio Vaccines At Security Checkpoints

Agence France-Presse/Gulf Today: Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas “Pakistani officials said on Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country’s tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks. The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of…

Working Paper Examines Global Fund’s Presence In China

The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS,…

Bangladesh Makes Strides In Ending Newborn Deaths, Report Says

VOA News: Q&A with Ishtiaq Mannan: Preventing Newborn Deaths “Save the Children says that over a million babies die each year on their birthday. These are preventable deaths. However, some Asian countries are bright spots in this sad reality. In its newest report, Ending Newborn Deaths, Bangladesh figures prominently. It’s…