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Saudi Arabia Revises Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Upward; Fires Deputy Health Minister

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: UAE coronavirus death toll rises to 10 “The MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013, the health minister said in comments published by local…

Number Of Chikungunya Cases In Caribbean Nations Spikes, PAHO Says

CIDRAP News: Chikungunya cases surge in Dominican Republic, Haiti “Chikungunya infections in Caribbean countries spiked last week, led by quickly growing numbers mainly in the Latin parts of the region, according to the latest update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). … The outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease has…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In West Africa

News outlets report on an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse/News24: Sierra Leone raises Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone raised its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus on Monday, sparking fears that the deadly epidemic gripping west Africa is spreading…” (6/2). Associated Press/ABC News: Sierra…

MERS Spreads To Algeria; Jordan Reports New Death

Agence France-Presse reports on new cases of and deaths caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: First MERS infections detected in Algeria “Algeria reported its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus on Saturday, both among pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, where most cases and…

Puerto Rico Reports First-Ever Chikungunya Case

Associated Press: Puerto Rico confirms its 1st chikungunya case “Health officials in Puerto Rico have confirmed the first chikungunya case in the U.S. territory…” (5/29).

Ebola Threatens To Spread Further In West Africa

News outlets report on a resurgence of Ebola cases in West Africa. CIDRAP News: Ebola resurges with cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone “After leveling off over the past few weeks, Ebola virus activity in West Africa sparked up again on two fronts, in a newly affected area of Guinea and…

MERS Spreads To Iran While Pace Of New Infections Slows In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on Iran’s first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while the pace of new infections slows in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan “Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had…

Guinea, Sierra Leone Report New Ebola Cases, Signaling Virus’ Spread

News outlets report on Ebola in West Africa, including new cases in areas previously unaffected. Al Jazeera: Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone; five reported dead “At least five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday…” (5/26).…

MERS Death Toll Rises To 173 In Saudi Arabia; U.S. Patients Released From Hospital

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: New MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 173 “Saudi health authorities reported Monday new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking to 173 the overall number of fatalities from the disease in the world’s worst-hit country…” (5/19).…

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