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Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report New MERS Cases

News outlets report on new cases of MERS recorded in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Agence France-Presse: New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 59 “Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with…

TB Treatment Advocacy Groups Discuss TB Test’s Cost In Letter To Manufacturer

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses an open letter to Cepheid Chief Executive Officer John Bishop from the Treatment Action Group and the Global TB Advisory Board regarding the cost of the company’s GeneXpert MTB/RTF rapid TB diagnostic test. “…Cepheid hasn’t responded to requests for comments…

PLOS Blog Examines Mystery Disease Killing Young Men In Central America

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Peter Hotez and his colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy, “an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa “…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed…

Chinese Officials Report Additional H7N9 Bird Flu Cases

News outlets report on a growing number of H7N9 bird flu cases in China, fueling concern among experts. Reuters: More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu – WHO “Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World…

India Anticipates Receiving Polio-Free Designation Next Month

News outlets continue to report on India’s recognition of three years since reporting a polio case and its anticipated certification as polio-free. PBS NewsHour: India marks three years without polio, but challenges still remain “It’s been three years since a case of polio has been reported in India, a milestone…

Pakistani City Contains Largest Reservoir Of Polio Viruses, WHO Says

Reuters: Pakistani city is world’s biggest reservoir of polio viruses “Pakistan’s volatile northwestern city of Peshawar is the largest reservoir of endemic polio viruses in the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, amid concerns over continuing violence against polio vaccination teams…” (Houreld, 1/17).

Experts Watch Closely As Number Of H7N9 Cases Increases In China

Reuters: Increasing toll of H7N9 bird flu demands constant vigilance “A big wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 is a reminder that emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly…

WHO Confirms Additional H7N9 Cases In China

News sources report that WHO confirms additional cases of H7N9 reported in China. CIDRAP News: Four more Chinese H7N9 cases reported “Three locations in eastern China reported a total of four more H7N9 influenza cases today, and the World Health Organization (WHO) fleshed out details on six previously reported patients,…

China Reports Additional Cases Of H7N9 Bird Flu

News outlets report the latest data on H7N9 bird flu in China. Reuters: China reports second H7N9 bird flu death in a week “China reported one more death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in southwestern Guizhou province, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, in the second death…

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