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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…

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…

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).

Experts Criticize Saudi Arabia’s Lack Of Cooperation On MERS

Reuters: Special Report: Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus “…Experts say [MERS] infections and deaths could have been stopped well within the two years since MERS first emerged — and would have been if Saudi authorities had been more open to outside help offered by specialist teams…

MERS Death Toll Rises To 173 In Saudi Arabia; U.S. Patients Released From Hospital

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: New MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 173 “Saudi health authorities reported Monday new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking to 173 the overall number of fatalities from the disease in the world’s worst-hit country…” (5/19).…

Officials Worry About Dengue Fever Risk During Brazil World Cup

New York Times: With World Cup in Brazil, Risk of Spreading a Virus “Public health authorities are worried about a confluence of events set to happen soon: Brazil is suffering the world’s worst epidemic of dengue fever, with 1.4 million cases last year. And the country is about to play…

CDC, WHO Vigilant Over MERS

CBS New York: The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough? “…The CDC and WHO appear to be doing everything they can to prevent a full-blown MERS crisis, however many are still concerned about the virus’ fate, including the White House. … Only time will tell how the deadly MERS…

Saudi Experts Raise Alarm Over Mecca’s Preparedness Surrounding MERS

Associated Press: Saudis question Mecca preparedness as MERS spreads “Officials in Saudi Arabia are raising alarm that the kingdom is not doing enough to prevent Mecca from becoming a route for exporting an often deadly respiratory virus as millions of Muslims from around the world converge on the city to…