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Health Experts Call For TB Public Health Emergency Declaration In Papua New Guinea

News outlets report on the findings of a study on tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea that prompted health experts to call for a public health emergency declaration. Australia Network News: Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea “Health experts are calling for tuberculosis…

Field Tests For Chagas Disease Show Success In Study

New York Times: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease “Six different rapid diagnostic tests have proved reliable in detecting Chagas disease without having to wait for laboratory confirmation, according to a study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization…” (McNeil, 7/7).

West African Nations To Cooperate In Stemming Ebola’s Spread

News outlets highlight challenges to fighting an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as nations in the region vow to cooperate in efforts to address the disease. Agence France-Presse: W. African Ebola epidemic ‘likely to last months,’ says U.N. “The United Nations health agency said on Thursday it expected the worst…

Philippines Urges Muslims To Reconsider Hajj; U.N. Says Most MERS Cases Are Preventable

News outlets discuss concerns surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj “The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority on Thursday to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there…”…

Ebola Outbreak Presents Numerous Challenges In West Africa

Washington Post: West Africa faces challenges to contain the Ebola outbreak Meredith Dyson, health program manager with Catholic Relief Services in Sierra Leone “The June 30 [Washington Post] editorial ‘Ebola, unchecked’ highlighted the severity of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa but inadequately portrayed the challenges faced by the governments…

West Africa, WHO Take Steps To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to cover responses from the WHO and African health officials to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola “The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367…

News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak. New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus “…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…

Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…