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U.S. Government, Pharma Companies Should Test Ebola Vaccine Candidate

Foreign Affairs: An Unnecessary Plague Jessica Hatcher, journalist An Ebola outbreak in Guinea “has spread to neighboring Liberia, with additional cases suspected in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Mali. … What’s particularly disturbing about the present crisis, however, is that some infections could have been prevented. For years, the United States…

MERS Death Toll Rises; Egypt Reports First Case

News outlets report on the growing epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Two Saudis die of MERS, taking toll to 94 “Two Saudi nationals have died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94, the health ministry said…” (4/27). Associated…

Saudi Arabia Must Embrace Transparency, Cooperation In MERS Outbreak

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency “…Major uncertainties about the MERS virus persist, including how it spreads, whether it has efficiently begun human-to-human transmission and whether its genetic makeup has evolved. The Saudis must throw open their doors to international scientific inquiry. … For everyone’s safety and…

DRC Plans Vaccination Campaign For Yellow Fever

Global Dispatch: Yellow Fever Reported In Democratic Republic Of Congo, Mass Vaccination Campaign To Commence In One Week “A total of 139 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of yellow fever, including 6 death[s] were reported in the North and in the South of Democratic Republic of Congo beginning in March,…

Cholera Outbreak In Haiti Could Happen Again

CNN: Why Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic ‘could strike again’ “… Even before the [January 2010 seven-point magnitude earthquake], Haiti’s water systems were fragile, and just months after the quake the country was hit with a devastating cholera outbreak — the first in nearly a century. By the time the outbreak…

West Africa’s Ebola Death Toll At 147, WHO Says

Media sources report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147 “The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more…

Additional MERS Cases Raise Suspicion Virus Is Evolving

News outlets report on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi “The MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the…

Saudi Arabia Replaces Health Minister During MERS Outbreak

News outlets report Saudi Arabia relieves its health minister from office in midst of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Associated Press: Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths “Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah sacked the country’s health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus…

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…