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South Korea Reports 12 MERS Cases; China Reports 1 Case In South Korean Who Broke Home Quarantine

Reuters: MERS infects 10 in South Korea but no virus mutation: WHO “Ten people in South Korea are confirmed as having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, transmitted by a traveler, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay, 5/29).…

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Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry Of Health, World Bank Aim To Improve Country’s Maternal Health

The Guardian: Kyrgyzstan strives to make inroads on poor maternal health record “…Kyrgyzstan has the highest maternal mortality rates among Eastern European and Central Asian countries, and is way off track to meet the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on maternal mortality, which aimed to reduce by…

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Number Of South Korea MERS Cases Rises To 7

Reuters: South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at seven; one suspected patient heads to China “South Korea’s tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China…” (Kim/Seungyun,…

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Xpert TB Test More Effective Than Traditional Detection Methods, Study Shows

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR-TB case finding Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the findings of a recently published study conducted in India showing the Xpert molecular TB test is more effective than…

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Poorest Nations Receive Less Than One-Third Of Global Development Aid, ONE Report Shows

News outlets discuss findings from the ONE Campaign’s 2015 DATA Report. Agence France-Presse: Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report “The world’s poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organization…

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U.N. Agencies Ramp Up Aid To Nepal As Monsoon Season Approaches

U.N. News Centre: Nepal: U.N. underscores need to act now before monsoon rains risk further disaster “As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, United Nations humanitarian workers and their partners are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains…

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Myanmar President Approves Population Control Health Care Law Amid Concerns Over Potential Reproductive, Human Rights Violations

Associated Press: Myanmar president signs off on contested population law “Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women,…

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South Korea’s Second MERS Case Confirmed In Woman Who Nursed Infected Husband, Health Ministry Says

Reuters: South Korea confirms second case of MERS virus; third case possible “South Korean health officials have confirmed the country’s second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who nursed her infected husband before he was diagnosed with the disease after a trip to Bahrain…” (Cho, 5/20).

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U.S. State Department Expresses Concern Over Burma’s Passage Of Health Care For Population Control Bill

U.S. Department of State: Concerns About Burma’s Health Care for Population Control Bill In a statement, Jeff Rathke, director of the Office of Press Relations, notes, “The United States is deeply concerned about legislative passage of the Health Care for Population Control Bill in Burma, paving the way for it…

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South Korea Confirms Country’s First MERS Case In Patient Returning From Bahrain

Reuters: South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable “South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough…”…

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