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MERS Virus Spreads To Italy, Kills 3 More In Saudi Arabia

“On Friday, Italy’s health ministry reported its first case of [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)] was contracted by a 45-year-old man who returned from a trip to Jordan where he visited his son, who had the ‘flu,'” GlobalPost reports (Mattson, 5/31). “The patient was in good condition and was…

Pakistan’s New Government Should Aim To Eradicate Polio

“When Pakistan’s new government is sworn in on Wednesday it has a historic opportunity” — “to eradicate polio from Pakistan, one of three countries where the crippling disease remains endemic,” Sania Nishtar, a federal minister in the government of Pakistan, writes in the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog.…

Polio Virus Found In Sewage Sample From Israel

“The polio virus has been found in a sewage sample from Israel for the first time since 2002, the [WHO] announced on Monday,” the New York Times reports, noting no new cases have been identified in Israel or in Gaza or the West Bank. “The sample was from Rahat, a…

Disease Outbreaks In Syria ‘Inevitable,’ WHO Warns

“Outbreaks of hepatitis, typhoid, cholera or dysentery are ‘inevitable’ in Syria and its neighbors this summer, while cases of measles and other infections are already growing because of the country’s broken health system and increasing numbers of displaced people, the [WHO] has warned,” The Guardian reports (Meikle, 6/4). “Almost 4.25…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Another MERS-Related Death, Bringing Global Total To 31

“The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified the [WHO] of another death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), bringing the death toll caused by the new coronavirus up to 31, the WHO said Friday,” Xinhua reports. “Globally, WHO has been informed of a total of 55 laboratory-confirmed…

Financial Times Magazine Examines Pakistan’s Polio Fight

The Financial Times Magazine features a story examining the challenges volunteer polio workers face in vaccinating children in Pakistan. The article details the murder of several polio workers in December 2012, the operation of vaccination teams and their security details, and rumors surrounding the polio vaccine that have caused some…

Saudi Arabia Reports Another MERS-Related Death

“One more person has died and two more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus, MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Friday,” Reuters reports. The country has recorded “46 cases, of whom 28 have died, data from the ministry showed,” and worldwide, 33 people have…

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 More Deaths, 3 More Illnesses From MERS

“Four more people have died and three more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday,” Reuters reports, noting, “The ministry said the four deaths were among previously registered cases.” As the most affected country, Saudi Arabia has recorded…

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…