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Pakistan Heat Wave Leads To 860 Deaths, Health Officials Say

Associated Press: Heat wave subsides in Pakistan as death toll reaches 860 “The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing Thursday, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said. Pakistan’s deadliest heat wave on record…

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Substandard Condoms In Vietnam Signal Increased Free Market Sales, Less Dependency On Foreign Assistance

NPR: Vietnam Is Having Condom Problems — And That’s A Good Thing “…Hundreds of thousands of condoms sold [in Vietnam] are substandard. They tear easily and don’t offer reliable protection. While this might seem like a red flag, it’s actually a sign of progress. The condom kerfuffle has its roots…

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South Korean Health Ministry Says MERS Outbreak At ‘Crossroads’ With 4 New Cases; 2 Hospitals Close To Prevent Further Spread

Agence France-Presse: South Korean hospitals suspend services as MERS outbreak spreads “Two major hospitals in South Korea’s capital suspended services to patients on Wednesday in a bid to stop the spread of MERS after four new cases of the deadly virus were reported…” (6/24). New York Times: Samsung Heir Apparent…

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South Korea Reports 172 MERS Cases, 27 Deaths; Thailand Reports No New Cases; Malaysia Steps Up Traveler Screening

Reuters: South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, Thailand says no new cases “South Korea’s health ministry reported on Monday two more deaths in the country’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which the World Health Organization said was ‘large and complex,’ bringing the number of fatalities to 27. Thailand,…

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Vigilant Monitoring, Especially In Hospitals, Crucial To Stopping Spread Of MERS

New York Times: Coping With Outbreaks of MERS Editorial Board “…Officials at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed confidence that the disease is not yet a global emergency. But a series of medical errors in South Korea shows what can happen to…

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Study Suggests Quality HIV Treatment, Treatment For Prevention Can Be Achieved In Resource-Poor, Remote Settings

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Henan province study shows HIV treatment offering greater protection against transmission as drugs, programs improved Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses findings from a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases that followed HIV serodiscordant couples in China’s Henan province.…

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South Korean MERS Outbreak Subsiding, But Control Efforts Must Be Sustained, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: MERS outbreak shows old habits die hard in South Korea “…Since the first case was diagnosed on May 20, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has spread at an alarmingly rapid pace in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, infecting 166 people and killing 24 of them in less than a month. Experts…

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Pregnant Women In Nepal At Risk Of Hepatitis E; Experts Recommend Prevention Strategies

The Guardian: Doctors call for hepatitis E vaccine in Nepal to save hundreds of women “A group of eminent doctors have called for urgent measures to introduce a vaccine against hepatitis E infection into Nepal, where they say the lives of hundreds of women are at risk…” (Boseley, 6/17). The…

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Thailand Confirms Country’s First MERS Case

Agence France-Presse: Thailand confirms first MERS case as virus spreads in Asia “Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia’s first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people…” (Apilaporn, 6/18). Agence France-Presse: Omani…

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Donor Conference Set To Address Economic Losses In Nepal

Inter Press Service: Donor Conference to Tackle Nepal Reconstruction “The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal in April, and the numerous aftershocks that followed, left the country with losses amounting to a third of its economy. As this South Asian nation of 27 million people struggles to get back on…

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