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H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Outside Mainland China To Hong Kong, Taiwan

News outlets report on the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Wall Street Journal: Taiwan Confirms Second Human Bird-Flu Case “Taiwan confirmed its second human case of the H7N9 bird flu Tuesday, a sign that the deadly virus is spreading further beyond mainland China…” (Poon, 12/31).…

Two New Cases Of H7N9 Cases Confirmed In China

WHO reports two new cases of H7N9 bird flu in China, while the Chinese government continues to take surveillance and control measures.RTT News: Two New Cases Of Human H7N9 Infections Reported In China “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Monday that China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission…

Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

Taiwan’s CDC Reports New H7N9 Case

News outlets report on the most recent case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported in Taiwan in an elderly Chinese man. RTT News: WHO: One Confirmed Case Of Human H7N9 Infection Reported In Taiwan “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

Philippines Sets Goal To Be Measles-Free By 2017

Filipino news outlets describe efforts against measles in the Philippines and a current outbreak in the capital of Manila. Solar News: DOH sets measles-free PH by 2017 “…The Department of Health (DOH) sees a measles-free Philippines by 2017. … Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag says the World Health Organization could…

Canadian Health Officials Report North America’s First H5N1 Case

News outlets summarize information reported on Wednesday by Canadian health officials, who recorded North America’s first known case of H5N1 avian influenza infection in an Alberta woman who died last week. Canadian Press: Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu reported in Alberta, first North American case “Canada has reported North…

WHO Reports 7 New H7N9 Cases In China

The WHO on Thursday reported seven additional cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China. Reuters: WHO says China has seven more cases of new H7N9 bird flu “Seven more people in China have been found to be infected with a potentially deadly new strain of bird flu in the past…

Chinese Officials Report Additional H7N9 Bird Flu Cases

News outlets report on a growing number of H7N9 bird flu cases in China, fueling concern among experts. Reuters: More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu – WHO “Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…

PLOS Blog Examines Mystery Disease Killing Young Men In Central America

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Peter Hotez and his colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy, “an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador…