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Reuters Examines Polio Eradication Efforts In Syria

“The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor — where polio broke out this year — from a 2012 vaccination campaign, arguing that most residents had fled although hundreds of thousands were still there, a Reuters investigation shows,” the news service reports. “Public health researchers say missing…

BBC News Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Africa, Middle East

BBC News examines polio’s resurgence in some parts of the world. In a 60-second video report, the news service “outlines the struggle against polio,” noting that, “[d]espite a quarter-century-long vaccination program … experts fear it could make a comeback in countries riven by conflict” in the Middle East and Africa…

MERS Virus Easily Transmitted In Health Care Environments, Study Says

“The new Middle East coronavirus that has killed 38 people after emerging late last year is a serious risk in hospitals because it is easily transmitted in health care environments, infectious disease experts said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. “In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the…

Foreign Policy Examines Challenges To Fighting Leishmaniasis In Syria

Foreign Policy examines the spread of cutaneous leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection that “is carried by sand flies and causes painful lesions that can become secondarily infected, often resulting in disfigurement,” throughout war-torn Syria and neighboring countries. “According to the WHO, which has set up an early-warning system to monitor the…

UNICEF Warns High Temperatures In Syria, Middle East Increase Children’s Disease Risks

“The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns soaring summer temperatures in conflict-ridden Syria and neighboring countries of refuge are putting millions of children at risk of disease,” VOA News reports. “According to UNICEF, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are threatening the health and well-being of some four million children affected by the…

Saudi Arabia, WHO Announce 7 More MERS Cases, Bringing Global Total To 77

On Wednesday, “Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry … announced seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases and a death in a previously confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV),” RTT News reports, noting the global total now stands at “77 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including 40 deaths.” Four of the newly…

International Community Must Step Up Humanitarian Response To Crisis In Syria

“The health and humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria is being severely hampered by a lack of coordination and insufficient funding,” public health doctors Adam Coutts and Fouad Fouad write in a Lancet opinion piece. They provide several statistics about the crisis, noting that, across the country, “seven million…

Public Health Emergency Looming As Crisis In Syria Continues, Researchers Warn

Noting “[t]he death toll in Syria’s ongoing civil war may now be as high as 100,000,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” examines how, “[a]s the violence mounts, another emergency is looming: a public health crisis across the region.” The news service highlights an article published last week by The Lancet, which…

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