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South Korea Reports 18 MERS Cases In Outbreak; China Seeks 13 People Who Had Contact With Country’s First Case

Agence France-Presse: South Korean health chief apologizes over MERS outbreak “South Korea’s health minister apologized on Sunday for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing ‘utmost efforts’ to curb the disease’s spread…” (5/31). Agence France-Presse: China confirms ’77 people had contact with MERS patient’ “China is searching…

South Korean President Calls For MERS Control Measures After 5 New Cases Reported

Reuters: South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS “South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference…”…

WFP To Scale Up Food Aid Operations In Yemen To Reach 2.5M

U.N. News Centre: Appealing for funds, U.N. agency aims to reach 2.5 million in Yemen with food aid by July “Amid a worsening crisis and growing number of hungry people in Yemen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Tuesday] that it is scaling-up its operations to get emergency…

FGM Prevalent In Some Parts Of Iran, Study Shows

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation practiced in Iran, study reveals “The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter…” (Dehghan, 6/4).

South Korea Reports Jump In MERS Cases; Total Reaches 87, Including 6 Deaths

Agence France-Presse: S. Korea reports sixth MERS death, surge in infections “South Korea recorded its sixth death and biggest single-day jump in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infections Monday, with 23 new cases in the largest outbreak of the potentially deadly virus outside Saudi Arabia. From just four cases two…