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Old Wives’ Tale Creates Delays In Measles Treatment In Somalia

Associated Press: In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment “…Somalia is suffering from an outbreak of measles that the World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s agency labels ‘extremely alarming.’… Many children in the country are malnourished and few have access to medical care, making an outbreak potentially dangerous…

Iran Records First MERS Cases, WHO Says; Kuwait Identifies Camels With Virus

CIDRAP News: WHO confirms MERS in Iran as Kuwait finds virus in camels “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] confirmed the first two MERS-CoV cases in Iran, reported recently in the news media, while another media story said Kuwait has found the virus in five camels…” (Roos, 6/11).

Chikungunya Reaches U.S. Virgin Islands

Associated Press: U.S. Virgin Islands confirms 1st chikungunya case “A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said Wednesday…” (McFadden, 6/11).

CDC Reports Chikungunya Virus Present In U.S.

Washington Post: The next mosquito-borne infection you might want to start worrying about “It’s called chikungunya virus, and it’s already here in the United States, with 28 cases brought into parts of the country by travelers from 17 countries, mainly in the Caribbean, where more than 103,000 people have been…

Algeria Records First MERS Case

Reuters: Algeria reports first MERS death “Algeria said a 66-year-old man died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the first deadly case of the virus in the North African country…” (6/11).

U.N. Agencies Call For Urgent Vaccination To Tackle Measles In Somali Children

U.N. News Centre: Somalia: U.N. agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks “Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease…” (6/10).

Disease Research Must ‘Get Smarter And More Nimble’ To Counter Outbreaks

The Guardian: Diseases spread in weeks. Epidemic research takes years. This must change. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust “…We have become better at identifying the start of epidemics, observing their passage, measuring their impact, charting their spread and counting the bodies. But too often we’ve left it at…

Ebola Deaths Double In Sierra Leone; Experts Use Open-Source Mapping To Track Virus

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, where the death toll has doubled. Experts discuss open-source mapping as a way to stop the spread of the virus. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone doubles Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone doubled its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus…