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Fighting Polio In Syrian Child Refugees

Science Magazine: A War Within a War Syrian refugee children “have witnessed horrors in the course of the war, which has killed an estimated 140,000 people and displaced 8 million or 9 million. … And now they face the threat of polio, which erupted in Syria last October after a…

News Outlets Highlight World TB Day

In recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, news outlets report on the progress and challenges surrounding the disease. Al Jazeera: Tuberculosis makes a comeback “… TB kills 1.3 million people per year — more than any other infectious disease apart from HIV/AIDS. It’s caught…

Syrian Government, Rebels Block Aid Delivery In Violation Of U.N. Resolution, Ban Says

News outlets discuss aid delivery in Syria, including a U.N. report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the Syrian government and rebels possibly violated a Security Council resolution by blocking assistance. Bloomberg News: Warring Syrian Parties Block Aid Against U.N. Resolution, Ban Says “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed…

WHO Announces 5 New MERS Cases Reported In 3 Countries

CIDRAP: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries “Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels…” (3/20).

WHO Confirms First Polio Case In Iraq In 14 Years

News outlets report on a case of polio detected in Iraq, the country’s first in 14 years. IRIN: Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years “Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in…

Health Agencies Warn Of Polio Outbreak In Syria

BBC News: Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East “As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria — where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease — despite a massive campaign to vaccinate…

U.N. Deems Surge Of Polio In Syria As ‘Most Challenging In History’

The Guardian: U.N. brands polio outbreak in Syria and Iraq ‘most challenging in history’ “A U.N. agency has described the eruption of polio in Syria as perhaps ‘the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication’ after the number of cases in the war-ravaged country reached 38 and the…

Human Rights Group, U.N. Official Denounce Syria For Blocking Aid To Warn-Torn Regions

Human Rights Watch and U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday denounced Syria for blocking the flow of humanitarian aid, news outlets report. Al Jazeera America: Syrian government accused of blocking aid to war-ravaged areas “A leading human rights group accused Syria’s government Friday of blocking aid to war-torn…

U.N. Increasing Emergency Aid To Gaza Amid Worsening Water Shortages

Reuters: U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza “The United Nations said on Friday it was stepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive has made water shortages worse and stoked fears of more sewage contamination and water-borne diseases…” (Nebehay, 7/18).

MERS Virus Detected In Air Samples Of Camel Barn Suggests Disease Is Airborne

Reuters: MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn “Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air…” (Kelland, 7/22).