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Flooding Caused By Militants Leave Iraqi Villages At High Risk Of Disease

IRIN: Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants “Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera…”…

MERS Spreads To Iran While Pace Of New Infections Slows In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on Iran’s first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while the pace of new infections slows in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan “Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had…

U.N. SG Urges Aid Delivery In Syria Without Government Consent; Challenges Persist

News outlets discuss a new report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanitarian aid delivery in Syria without the government’s consent, as well as challenges to delivering such aid. Al Jazeera: Measles and malnourishment: Syria is getting worse, not better “Three months after the United Nations Security Council managed the…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

Iran Confirms 2 MERS Cases; FAO Urges More Monitoring, Investigation Of Virus

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Reuters: Iran confirms first two cases of MERS “Iranian officials say they have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, a deadly virus first reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, its neighbor on the western…

Saudi Officials, Global Health Experts Outline Plan To Prevent Disease During Hajj

New York Times: Guarding Against Disease Among Pilgrims to Mecca “…Preventing outbreaks during the hajj is a major focus of the new field of ‘mass gathering medicine,’ and last week in The Lancet, Saudi and European scientists affiliated with the new Global Center for Mass Gathering Medicine, based in the…

Experts Criticize Saudi Arabia’s Lack Of Cooperation On MERS

Reuters: Special Report: Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus “…Experts say [MERS] infections and deaths could have been stopped well within the two years since MERS first emerged — and would have been if Saudi authorities had been more open to outside help offered by specialist teams…

Report: Lebanon Offers Insufficient Health Care To Syrian Refugees

Associated Press: Watchdog: Syrians lack medical care in Lebanon “Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their lives to return to their war-ravaged country for health care, according to a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday…” (Surk,…

MERS Death Toll Rises To 173 In Saudi Arabia; U.S. Patients Released From Hospital

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: New MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 173 “Saudi health authorities reported Monday new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking to 173 the overall number of fatalities from the disease in the world’s worst-hit country…” (5/19).…