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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…

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…

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 –…

TB Diagnostic Technology Advances But Unattainable In Low-Income Settings

New York Times: Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most Jens Erik Gould, correspondent “…Hailed as the most significant advance in TB research in decades, [an] automated molecular technology called GeneXpert is more accurate and yields much faster results than traditional diagnosis methods, like smear microscopy, a basic test…