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Flood, Earthquakes In Solomon Islands Strain Food Supplies, Health Response

News outlets report on a flood and two earthquakes that hit the Solomon Islands this month. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Solomons flood victims ‘terrified’ after quakes “A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centers filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious…

More Than 10K Affected By Chikungunya Outbreak In Tonga

ABC Radio Australia: Ten thousand infected in Tonga’s first chikungunya outbreak “There’s a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in Tonga, with more than ten thousand people affected. It’s the first time Tonga has seen an outbreak of the virus, which causes acute fever and joint pain…” (Graue, 4/16).

U.N. Must Be Held Accountable For Cholera In Haiti

Wall Street Journal: The U.N., Cholera and Responsibility Stanley Alpert, an attorney representing Haitian plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.N. “Imagine if the United Nations killed thousands on the streets of New York. Or London. Or Paris. And sickened nearly a million more. Would the U.N. claim it was…

Additional MERS Cases Detected In Middle East, Asia

News outlets report on additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) detected in the Middle East and Asia. Agence France-Presse: Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah “A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over…

Ebola Virus In West Africa Is New Strain, Study Says

News outlets reference a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting the Ebola virus in West Africa is a new strain. Associated Press: Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain “The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a…

Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected…

Health Officials On Alert As MERS Case Detected For First Time In Malaysia

News outlets report on the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to Asia, where a case has been detected in Malaysia. Associated Press: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns “A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts…

Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too…

New Cases Of MERS Reported In UAE, Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: UAE reports 12 new cases of MERS “Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced 12 new cases of infection by the MERS coronavirus, but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks…”…