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Corpse Of Liberian Tests Positive For Ebola; Health Ministry Investigating How He Became Infected

Associated Press: Liberia quarantines community where corpse tested for Ebola “Liberian authorities have quarantined the Nedowein area where the corpse of a 17-year-old boy tested positive for Ebola, sparking fears the country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free…” (6/30). International Business Times:…

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South Korea Reports 32 MERS Deaths, 182 Total Cases; Patient In Thailand Recovers

Agence France-Presse: South Korea reports 32nd MERS death “South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’s mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. … The total number of infections remained unchanged at 182 and fifteen patients were…

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Researchers Frustrated Ebola Test Kit Yet To Be Used In Field, Despite FDA, WHO Approvals

Nature News: Researchers frustrated by failure to roll out ‘game-changing’ Ebola test “A test kit that diagnoses Ebola rapidly using just a finger prick of blood could save lives in the ongoing epidemic in West Africa. But researchers are perplexed as to why the diagnostic kit has not been deployed…

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Use Of Rapid, Finger-Prick Blood Test To Diagnose Ebola Examined In Field Validation Study

News outlets report on the results of a study published in The Lancet on rapid diagnostic testing for Ebola. Science Magazine: Fingerprick test quickly diagnoses Ebola “As the Ebola outbreak simmers on in West Africa, researchers have shown the utility of a rapid test for the virus that could help…

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Untreated Malaria During Ebola Epidemic Likely Caused More Deaths Than Usual In Guinea, Analysis Shows

News outlets discuss a study published Tuesday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases examining malaria deaths during the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. Agence France-Presse: Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control: study “Untreated malaria in Guinea surged as a result of the Ebola scare and probably caused far more deaths than…

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Scientists, Donors Say Improved Systems For Disease Research, Vaccine Development, Outbreak Response Needed

Washington Post: MERS crisis: Do we need a NATO-type war strategy for potential epidemics? “…[The MERS] crisis has prompted calls for a better early warning and response process to stop the spread of infectious diseases that threaten the planet. At the top of many researchers’ lists are a more structured…

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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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South Korean MERS Outbreak Not Global Health Emergency, WHO Says; Germany Reports 1 MERS-Related Death, No Other Cases

Bloomberg Business: MERS Isn’t Global Health Emergency as Korea Cases Wane, WHO Says “South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome isn’t a global health emergency, a World Health Organization committee decided after finding the virus hasn’t developed the ability to spread easily between people…” (Bennett, 6/17). Deutsche Welle: MERS…

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U.S. Researchers Working To Develop Better TB Diagnostics

Wall Street Journal: The Race for Faster Tuberculosis Tests “As U.S. health officials treat an Indian woman who entered the country with drug-resistant tuberculosis, scientists at Texas A&M Health Science Center are trying to develop faster and more accurate ways to diagnose the infectious disease. The timely detection of TB…

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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 –…

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