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Vigilance Over MERS Remains High But New Case Numbers Subsiding

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which seems to be subsiding, according to the WHO, and did not spread from person-to-person in the U.S., according to the CDC. Agence France-Presse: MERS cases in decline, vigilance urged for Hajj: WHO “A surge in cases of…

Bangladesh Reports First Case Of MERS

Reuters: Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection “Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi…” (Paul, 6/15).

Chikungunya Cases Surface Across U.S. States

Reuters: More states report cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus “A painful, mosquito-borne viral illness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recent travelers to the Caribbean where the virus is raging. Health officials in North Carolina, Nebraska, and Indiana this week reported the first confirmed chikungunya cases in those…

Iran Records First MERS Cases, WHO Says; Kuwait Identifies Camels With Virus

CIDRAP News: WHO confirms MERS in Iran as Kuwait finds virus in camels “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] confirmed the first two MERS-CoV cases in Iran, reported recently in the news media, while another media story said Kuwait has found the virus in five camels…” (Roos, 6/11).

Chikungunya Reaches U.S. Virgin Islands

Associated Press: U.S. Virgin Islands confirms 1st chikungunya case “A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said Wednesday…” (McFadden, 6/11).

CDC Reports Chikungunya Virus Present In U.S.

Washington Post: The next mosquito-borne infection you might want to start worrying about “It’s called chikungunya virus, and it’s already here in the United States, with 28 cases brought into parts of the country by travelers from 17 countries, mainly in the Caribbean, where more than 103,000 people have been…

Algeria Records First MERS Case

Reuters: Algeria reports first MERS death “Algeria said a 66-year-old man died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the first deadly case of the virus in the North African country…” (6/11).

Disease Research Must ‘Get Smarter And More Nimble’ To Counter Outbreaks

The Guardian: Diseases spread in weeks. Epidemic research takes years. This must change. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…We have become better at identifying the start of epidemics, observing their passage, measuring their impact, charting their spread and counting the bodies. But too often we’ve left it at…

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