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CDC Confirms First Case Of MERS In U.S.; Death Toll In Saudi Arabia Rises To 111

News outlets discuss the latest developments in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, including the first reported case of the coronavirus in the U.S. Associated Press: CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American “Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus…

West African Leaders Meet At Regional Summit, Discuss Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: In west Africa, Mano River summit focuses on Ebola fight “The countries of west Africa’s Mano River Union — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — kicked off a summit meeting on Sunday with the region’s Ebola outbreak high on the agenda. Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and…

Saudi Health Officials Must Provide More Transparency, Information In MERS Outbreak

An opinion piece and editorial discuss the importance of transparency in Saudi Arabia’s handling of the MERS outbreak. Foreign Policy: Stay Away from Camel Milk and Egyptian Tomb Bats Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…The question now is: Will the [Middle East…

Jordan Identifies 2 New MERS Cases, Saudi Arabia Announces 26 More

News outlets report on the latest developments in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Jordan records two new MERS infections “Two new infections from MERS coronavirus have been detected in Jordan, the health ministry said Thursday, one a Saudi man and the other a Jordanian medic who…

Saudi Arabia Announces New MERS Deaths; WHO Advises Those At Risk Avoid Camels

Media outlets report on the latest news surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Saudi announces 3 new MERS deaths, toll hits 105 “Saudi health authorities announced Tuesday three new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as a group of experts met to discuss means of preventing the spread…

Guinea Announces 74 Ebola Deaths So Far In 2014

Agence France-Presse: Ebola toll rises to 74 in Guinea “Guinea said Tuesday 74 people had died so far this year in one of the worst ever outbreaks of the Ebola virus. The health ministry said there had been 121 confirmed cases of Ebola — an incurable disease that can kill…

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Polio

News outlets report on a WHO emergency meeting convened to discuss the cross-border spread of polio in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: WHO starts emergency polio talks “The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases…

Scientists Identify MERS Antibodies That Could Lead To Treatments

Media sources report on a new discovery that could lead to treatments for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. Reuters: Scientists find MERS virus antibodies that may lead to treatments “Scientists have found natural human antibodies to the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus and say their…

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…