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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…

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…