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South Korean Hospital Closed During MERS Outbreak Set To Reopen

Reuters: South Korea hospital at center of MERS outbreak to resume normal operation “A South Korean hospital at the center of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) will resume normal operations on Monday, the health ministry said, as a health scare that rattled the economy wanes, with no…

Funding Shortage Hurting Indian Government’s TB Program, Leaked Report Says

Reuters: Funding crunch affects India’s fight against TB: report “India’s program to fight tuberculosis is in disarray due to a shortage of funds and the government has failed to meet annual targets to control spread of the nation’s most fatal infectious illness, a leaked assessment report said. … The draft…

Drug-Resistant Malaria Threatens To Spread Out Of Southeast Asia

Huffington Post: Resisting Resistance: What’s Next in the Fight Against Malaria? Cameron Conaway, author “It’s been described as a crisis in the anti-malaria community. Resistance to ACTs (artemisinin-based combination therapies), the oft-described super drug in efforts to combat malaria, have reached a tipping point. … Professor François Nosten, Director of…

Drought In North Korea Threatens WASH Access, Children’s Health, UNICEF Says

Reuters: Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk — UNICEF “A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been…

Malnutrition, Stunting Could Worsen Among Nepal’s Children Following 2 Earthquakes

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Quake-hit Nepal gears up to tackle stunting in children “…A 2011 government study showed that more than 40 percent of Nepal’s under-five-year-olds were stunted, showing that the country’s child malnutrition rate was one of the world’s highest. Experts say the two quakes, which killed 8,895 people and…

Drug-Resistant TB Threatens India’s Efforts To Control Disease

Scientific American: Supercharged Tuberculosis, Made in India “…Too few diagnostic laboratories, too many poorly trained health practitioners, and thousands of infected people living in crowded, unsanitary conditions has made India home to the world’s largest epidemic of drug-resistant TB. … Yet until recently Indian public health officials remained reluctant to…

Philippines Confirms 2nd MERS Case In Foreign Traveler

Agence France-Presse: Philippines confirms second MERS case “A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia…” (7/6). BBC News: Philippine health…