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Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).

Ebola Death Toll Rises To 337 In West Africa, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO “The death toll in west Africa’s three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever…”…

S. Sudan Health Officials Urge Residents To Take Measures To Combat Cholera

VOA News: In South Sudan, Some Act Against Cholera, Others Stick to Old Habits “Some residents of the South Sudanese capital are heeding the call of health officials and taking extra measures to fight cholera as the number of cases of the diarrheal disease continues to rise. But others are…

Cuba Records First 6 Chikungunya Cases

Associated Press: Cuba confirms first 6 cases of chikungunya virus “Cuban health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first six cases of chikungunya fever, a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of afflicting tens of thousands across the Caribbean since its arrival in the region last year…” (Orsi, 6/18).

Vigilance Over MERS Remains High But New Case Numbers Subsiding

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which seems to be subsiding, according to the WHO, and did not spread from person-to-person in the U.S., according to the CDC. Agence France-Presse: MERS cases in decline, vigilance urged for Hajj: WHO “A surge in cases of…

WHO Issues Statement On Emergency Committee Meeting On MERS-CoV

World Health Organization: WHO statement on the Sixth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV The WHO issued a statement on outcomes from the convening of the International Health Regulations (IHR) emergency committee regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), stating that while the outbreak remains serious it does…

Bangladesh Reports First Case Of MERS

Reuters: Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection “Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi…” (Paul, 6/15).

Saudi Response To MERS Hindered By Underlying Problems In Health System, Sources Say

Reuters: Saudi MERS response hobbled by institutional failings “When Saudi Arabia announced last week it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it didn’t just force a rethink of the threat the virus poses, it exposed institutional failings. Saudi health sources and international virologists…