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WHO Confirms 10 Polio Cases In Syria, Warns Disease Could Spread Across Region

The WHO on Tuesday “confirmed 10 polio cases in north-east Syria, the first confirmed outbreak in the country in 14 years, and warned that the disease could spread across the region,” the Associated Press reports (10/29). “Tests confirmed polio in 10 out of 22 children in Deir al-Zour Province in…

Wall Street Journal Blog Examines India’s Efforts To Detect, Treat TB

The Wall Street Journal’s “Real Time India” blog reports on India’s efforts to diagnose and treat tuberculosis (TB). “In 2012, about 1.46 million of the estimated 2.2 million TB cases in India, including drug-resistant strains, were [recorded] under India’s government program, down from 1.51 million in the year 2011, according…

WHO Confirms 5 New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia

The WHO on Thursday “confirmed five more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in Saudi Arabia, including two deaths, with three of them dating back to September 18,” CIDRAP News reports. “The WHO confirmations raise the agency’s MERS-CoV tally to 144 cases with 62 deaths,” according to the news…

Media Coverage Of WHO TB Report Continues

Media outlets on Thursday continued to write about the WHO’s new tuberculosis (TB) report, published Wednesday. “The Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 … confirms that the world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of reversing TB incidence, along with the target of a 50 percent reduction…

China Confirms New H7N9 Infection In Zhejiang Province

“China confirmed a new human case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu on Wednesday, the second infection reported in October after a summer lull,” Reuters reports. “A 67-year-old farmer in Jiaxing city in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been hospitalized with the virus, the official Xinhua news…

Recent Paper Calls For Greater Focus On Strep Throat In Developing World

“Getting parents to take sore throats more seriously and treating them more aggressively with penicillin could save thousands of lives in poor countries relatively cheaply, doctors from India and South Africa say,” the New York Times reports. Noting “[s]trep throat [is] caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria [that] can lead…

China Confirms First H7N9 Case Since August

“China has confirmed a new case of the H7N9 bird flu, state media said, the country’s first report since August of human infection with a virus that has so far afflicted 135 people,” Reuters reports. “China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said 45 people had died from the virus,…

Saudi Health Ministry Says No MERS Cases Detected So Far Among Hajj Pilgrims

“Saudi Arabia has so far recorded no cases of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj season, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday,” Reuters reports. “The death toll from the respiratory virus in the kingdom, where the strain emerged last…

Laurie Garrett Discusses Global Health Threats In Atlantic Interview

“In an interview with Atlantic senior editor Corby Kummer at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific on Friday, [Laurie Garrett, a journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations,] calmly outlined several very real threats facing the global population,” The Atlantic reports. In the interview summary,…

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