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South Korean MERS Outbreak Not Global Health Emergency, WHO Says; Germany Reports 1 MERS-Related Death, No Other Cases

Bloomberg Business: MERS Isn’t Global Health Emergency as Korea Cases Wane, WHO Says “South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome isn’t a global health emergency, a World Health Organization committee decided after finding the virus hasn’t developed the ability to spread easily between people…” (Bennett, 6/17). Deutsche Welle: MERS…

World Must Learn From Ebola To Avoid Future Disasters, U.K. Expert Says

The Guardian: U.K. expert warns of disaster if lessons are not learned from Ebola outbreak “Failure to learn the lessons of the Ebola outbreak will have unthinkable consequences when the next global health emergency erupts, the former head of the U.K.’s Ebola taskforce in Sierra Leone has warned. Donal Brown,…

U.S. Should Invest In West Africa’s Health Care Infrastructure

Roll Call: Spike in West Africa Ebola Cases Shows Need to Address Underlying Health Care Needs Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) “…The lesson from [the West Africa Ebola epidemic] is clear: For our own safety and for the long-term stability of the African economy we need to assist with investments in…

Liberia Launches Study To Assess Ebola’s Long-Term Health Effects; Drugmakers Struggle To Assess Ebola Vaccines In Clinical Trials Due To Lack Of Qualified Volunteers

Agence France-Presse: Thousands of Liberians in ‘post-Ebola syndrome’ study “Liberia launched a five-year study on Wednesday to unravel the mystery of the long-term health effects that plague Ebola survivors and assess how long they should go without sex…” (Dosso, 6/17). Reuters: Ebola vaccines in limbo expose need for more speed…

Global Effort Needed To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa

Huffington Post: Getting to Zero — and Staying at Zero Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children “…[E]ven though Liberia made it to this milestone [of zero Ebola cases], its neighbors, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are still seeing new cases. Save the Children has been hard at…

Drug-Resistant Typhoid Strain Spreading Throughout Africa, Asia

News outlets report on a study published Monday in Nature Genetics showing a drug-resistant typhoid strain is widespread in Asia and Africa. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant typhoid now ‘epidemic’ in Africa “Drug-resistant typhoid has become an invisible epidemic in Africa, scientists said on Monday after an unprecedented probe into the disease…”…

WHO Wraps Up Meeting Pledging To Advance R&D, Preparedness For Next Disease Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO works on plan to tackle disease outbreaks after Ebola fiasco “The World Health Organization, reeling under stinging criticism for its late response to the worst ever Ebola outbreak, on Tuesday said it was creating a blueprint to handle future disease outbreaks. A two-day meeting of the U.N.…

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