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Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Rise In Saudi Arabia, Jordan

New outlets continue their coverage of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Jordan reports new MERS death “A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the MERS virus, the government said Monday, on the eve of a World Health Organization…

West Africa Sees Improvement In Controlling Ebola Outbreak

Associated Press: Dramatic improvement in controlling Ebola outbreak “Health workers have made dramatic progress in controlling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa in recent weeks, a doctor with the World Health Organization said Friday. The outbreak has been blamed for the deaths of at least 168 people in Guinea and…

Number Of MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia Reaches 463; First Case Reported In Lebanon

News outlets report on the growing number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in the region. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS death toll rises to 126 “Saudi Arabia’s death toll from MERS has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom…

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 New MERS Deaths, 18 New Cases

News outlets cover issues surrounding the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Saudi confirms four new MERS deaths, 18 more infections “Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from the MERS coronavirus and 18 new infections, as it battles to contain the mystery disease which has…

Saudi Hospital Head Fired After MERS Infected Several HCWs; New Death, Research Reported

News outlets continue to cover issues surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Saudi hospital head sacked over MERS panic “Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic…

Malaria Makes Comeback In Venezuela, Spreading To Urban Centers

The Guardian: Venezuela’s mosquitoes bite back as malaria returns after half a century “Malaria is making a comeback in Venezuela. For the first time in 50 years, the disease, which is disseminated by mosquitoes, is spreading from jungle communities to bustling urban centers. Its revival, experts say, could take at…

U.S. MERS Patient To Leave Hospital Soon; Number Of Cases Growing In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the status of the U.S. patient diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: 1st American MERS patient may leave hospital soon “The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving…

U.S. Government Views Global Health Security As ‘Top Priority’

CNN: Why global health security matters to U.S. CDC Director Tom Frieden and Andy Weber, assistant secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Writing about the first meeting on the world’s Global Health Security Agenda, the authors conclude, “…Global health security is an essential investment for the…

Foreign Aid Can Help Prevent Global Spread Of Diseases Like Ebola

Detroit Free Press: Why Ebola isn’t just Africa’s problem Utibe Effiong, a Nigerian physician, research associate at the University of Michigan, and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute “…[P]eople — and their infections — are not bound by borders. To those who claim we can’t afford foreign aid,…