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International Community Must Continue To Fund Efforts To Stop Spread Of Infectious Diseases

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, Dirk Niebel, Germany’s federal minister of economic cooperation and development, discusses “why Germany announced [last] week that it is committing one billion euros over five years to the Global Fund.” Niebel provides a number of global disease statistics and writes, “We…

Eleventh Global Case Of SARS-Linked Virus Confirmed In U.K.

“British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member,” the Associated Press reports (2/13). “The new virus, which the WHO refers to as…

Cambodia, China Report Cases Of Avian Influenza H5N1

“Cambodia reported on Wednesday that another four-year-old girl has contracted avian influenza H5N1, becoming the seventh person [in the country to contract] the virus in 2013,” Xinhua reports (2/13). “Cambodia saw eight cases of avian flu, ending in eight deaths in the whole of 2011, according to WHO figures, while 2012 saw…

Sixth Death From Novel Coronavirus Recorded In Britain

“A British man infected with a new virus from the same family as SARS has died, health officials said on Tuesday, bringing the worldwide death toll from the previously unknown disease to six,” Reuters reports. “The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, was unknown in humans until it emerged in the Middle East last…

Hypothetical Models Examine Spread Of Disease In Age Of Modern Transportation

The Atlantic Cities profiles the work of Dirk Brockmann, a theoretical physicist and professor of complex systems at Northwestern University, and other researchers who are examining how modern transportation, such as air travel, affect the spread of disease globally. By using hypothetical models based on air travel distance and probability, researchers are…

Death Toll From SARS-Like Virus Rises To 7

“Another person suffering from a SARS-like virus has died in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said Thursday, bringing the worldwide number of fatalities from the mystery illness to seven,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The Saudi health ministry had informed the U.N.’s health body that the patient had been hospitalized on January 29…