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Understanding Ebola Is Vital, But Helping Those In Need Is A Priority

New York Times: Ebola Virus: A Grim, African Reality David Quammen, author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” Ebolaviruses’ “invisible immanence makes them all the more dangerous during those lulls between outbreaks, and for that reason ecological research — efforts to find the reservoir hosts, and to…

India Strives To Maintain Polio-Free Status Amid Disease Outbreaks

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: India Resolutely Guards Its Polio-Free Status Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses India’s efforts to be designated polio-free and the nation’s insistence on maintaining that status (5/22).

Guinea, Sierra Leone Report New Ebola Cases, Signaling Virus’ Spread

News outlets report on Ebola in West Africa, including new cases in areas previously unaffected. Al Jazeera: Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone; five reported dead “At least five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday…” (5/26).…

Saudi Officials, Global Health Experts Outline Plan To Prevent Disease During Hajj

New York Times: Guarding Against Disease Among Pilgrims to Mecca “…Preventing outbreaks during the hajj is a major focus of the new field of ‘mass gathering medicine,’ and last week in The Lancet, Saudi and European scientists affiliated with the new Global Center for Mass Gathering Medicine, based in the…

Iran Confirms 2 MERS Cases; FAO Urges More Monitoring, Investigation Of Virus

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Reuters: Iran confirms first two cases of MERS “Iranian officials say they have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, a deadly virus first reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, its neighbor on the western…

Ebola Threatens To Spread Further In West Africa

News outlets report on a resurgence of Ebola cases in West Africa. CIDRAP News: Ebola resurges with cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone “After leveling off over the past few weeks, Ebola virus activity in West Africa sparked up again on two fronts, in a newly affected area of Guinea and…

MERS Spreads To Iran While Pace Of New Infections Slows In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on Iran’s first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while the pace of new infections slows in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan “Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had…

Ebola’s Continued Spread In West Africa Is ‘Serious,’ WHO Says

Reuters: West Africa Ebola outbreak still spreading, ‘situation serious': WHO “Guinea’s capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, according to the World Health Organization…” (Nebehay/Samb, 5/28).