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CDC, WHO Vigilant Over MERS

CBS New York: The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough? “…The CDC and WHO appear to be doing everything they can to prevent a full-blown MERS crisis, however many are still concerned about the virus’ fate, including the White House. … Only time will tell how the deadly MERS…

Saudi Experts Raise Alarm Over Mecca’s Preparedness Surrounding MERS

Associated Press: Saudis question Mecca preparedness as MERS spreads “Officials in Saudi Arabia are raising alarm that the kingdom is not doing enough to prevent Mecca from becoming a route for exporting an often deadly respiratory virus as millions of Muslims from around the world converge on the city to…

WHO Expresses Concern Over MERS, Does Not Declare Global Health Emergency

News outlets report on the findings of a WHO panel that concluded the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) does not yet constitute a global health emergency, as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: WHO: MERS virus isn’t an emergency — yet “The spread of a puzzling respiratory…

33.3M People Displaced By War In 2013, U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a U.N.-backed report that reveals that 33.3 million people were displaced by war in 2013. Associated Press: U.N.: Wars internally displace 33.3 million in 2013 “A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian officials…

Proposed Controversial Law In Iraq Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

NPR: Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls “…[A] proposed law [in Iraq] … would rewrite the rules for matters such as marriage and inheritance according to Shiite Islamic law. Most controversially, the law, proposed by former Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari and passed by the Cabinet,…

Saudi Arabia Must Do More To Investigate MERS Transmission, Treatment

Washington Post: MERS is still a mystery virus In a statement released Wednesday, “[t]he WHO called for speeding up critical investigations, including case-control, serological, environmental and animal studies [on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)]. [Saudi Arabia, which has reported the most cases,] must do everything it can to expedite this…

Medical Workers Under Attack In Syria, Report Says

New York Times: Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say “Syrian government forces in the country’s civil war have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas and are responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities in the country, Physicians for…