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Pakistan Sees 70% Drop In Polio Cases As Previously Inaccessible Areas Open To Vaccination Programs

Agence France-Presse: Pakistan sees major drop in polio cases “Pakistan has seen a major fall in polio cases this year, officials said Thursday, as a military operation has allowed vaccinators to reach areas previously off-limits because of militant attacks. The World Health Organization (WHO) said there had been 24 cases…

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South Korean President Calls For MERS Control Measures After 5 New Cases Reported

Reuters: South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS “South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference…”…

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South Korea Reports 2 MERS Deaths Among 25 Total Cases, Isolates Around 700 Possibly Exposed People

Agence France-Presse: S. Korea reports first MERS deaths as alarm grows “South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 25 people, caused widespread alarm, and triggered a closer watch by Asian neighbors on Korean arrivals…” (Jung, 6/2). Al Jazeera America:…

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Japanese Drug Companies Open Chemical Compound Libraries To DNDi In Effort To Improve NTD Therapies

New York Times: Japanese Companies Attack Neglected Diseases “Several Japanese drug companies have joined a new project to find medicines to treat two neglected parasitic diseases, Chagas and leishmaniasis. Eisai Co., Shionogi & Co., and Takeda Pharmaceutical will join AstraZeneca, a London-based company, in opening their libraries of millions of…

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Pakistani Army’s Campaign Against Militants Also Helps Improve Polio Eradication Efforts

Los Angeles Times: Pakistan’s campaign against militants curbs another menace: polio “The Pakistani army’s nearly yearlong campaign against Islamist militants in the northern tribal belt has its skeptics, but one area where experts say its effect has been unmistakable is in battling polio. Six cases have been reported this year…

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WHO Distributes Medical Camp Kits In Nepal To Bolster Quake-Hit Health Care System Before Monsoon Season

U.N. News Centre: In Nepal, U.N. rushes to replace quake-damaged health care facilities ahead of monsoon “…In a press release issued [Monday], the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed it will be distributing 50 medical camp kits, also known as MCKs, in collaboration with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population and…

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India’s Air Pollution Causing Lung Damage Among Millions Of Children

New York Times: Holding Your Breath in India Gardiner Harris, Washington correspondent for the New York Times “…When I became a South Asia correspondent for the New York Times three years ago, my wife and I were both excited and prepared for difficulties — insistent beggars, endemic dengue, and summertime…

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South Korea Reports 18 MERS Cases In Outbreak; China Seeks 13 People Who Had Contact With Country’s First Case

Agence France-Presse: South Korean health chief apologizes over MERS outbreak “South Korea’s health minister apologized on Sunday for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing ‘utmost efforts’ to curb the disease’s spread…” (5/31). Agence France-Presse: China confirms ’77 people had contact with MERS patient’ “China is searching…

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Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever “Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29). CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest…

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More Than 2K People Die In India Heat Wave; Water Supplies Tested

Al Jazeera: India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2,000 “Dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826, officials have said…” (5/30). Wall…

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