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South Korea Reports 154 MERS Cases, 3 Additional Deaths; Hospitals Tighten Quarantine Measures, Test Experimental Treatments; Frustrations Mount Over Lack Of Vaccine

Reuters: South Korea reports four new MERS cases, three more deaths “South Korea’s health ministry reported four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Tuesday, bringing the total to 154 in an outbreak that is the largest outside Saudi Arabia. The ministry also said three patients infected with…

Break Dengue Partnership Launches Campaign To Reduce Burden Of Disease

The Nation: Campaign against dengue fever launched “[The] ‘Dengue Tribe’ campaign by Break Dengue, a global partnership of individuals and organizations engaged in the fight against dengue fever, is calling on citizens around the world to voice their concern about the growing social burden that represents dengue…” (6/15). Times of…

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…

Vaccine Necessary To Prevent Another MERS Outbreak

IRIN: MERS’s best friend is ignorance, so it’s time to wise up Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press “…The [MERS] disease and death toll …, the social and economic disruption as well as the fear and political strife South Korea is experiencing will likely ratchet up the pressure…

Report Examines Relationship Among Child Marriage, Adolescent Health, Climate Change

BMJ Blogs: Jocalyn Clark: The surprising links between child marriage, climate change, and health Jocalyn Clark, executive editor at icddr,b, discusses a recent “Human Rights Watch report, focused on Bangladesh, which has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world (a full 30 percent of females in…

South Korea Reports 150 MERS Cases, 16 Deaths; WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: ‘Excessive’ public alarm as S. Korea reports 16th MERS death “South Korea Monday reported its 16th death in an expanding MERS outbreak, as President Park Geun-hye called for efforts to shore up the economy against what she called ‘excessive’ public alarm. Seoul also declared five new patients –…

Pakistan Official Warns Foreign Aid Groups They Face Scrutiny, Possible Expulsion

New York Times: Pakistan Warns Aid Groups to Follow Unspecified Rules “After the police shut down the offices of a major Western aid group, Pakistan’s interior minister warned Friday that other foreign organizations operating in Pakistan faced greater scrutiny and the possibility of expulsion if they failed to adhere to…

Indians Living Longer But With More Disabilities, Study Says

Wall Street Journal: Study: Longer, But Not Healthier, Life in India “Indians, on average, now live almost eight years longer than they did in 1990, but the extra years are giving more time for ailments that reduce quality of life to develop. That’s the finding of a study published [last]…