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Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…

News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak. New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus “…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they…

West Africa, WHO Take Steps To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to cover responses from the WHO and African health officials to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola “The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…

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…

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…

Study Identifies Camel As Source Of MERS Infection In Saudi Man

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the theory that camels are a source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Associated Press: Study documents MERS spread from camel to person “A new report offers the strongest evidence yet that a…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In Guinea, Sierra Leone

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola death toll rises above 200 “More than 200 people have died from the highly contagious Ebola virus in Guinea, making it one of the worst ever outbreaks of the disease, the World…

Increase In Saudi MERS Cases Raises Questions About Transparency

Reuters: Scientists question Saudi openness on deadly MERS virus outbreak “A dramatic upward revision in the number of people killed by the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia may signal a fresh approach from Riyadh, but also raises new questions about how the two-year-old outbreak has been handled…” (Kelland, 6/5).

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