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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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