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U.K. Development Secretary Asks International Community To Fulfill Syrian Aid Commitments

“Justine Greening, the U.K. international development secretary, has urged countries to fulfill their aid commitments to Syria as the country faces a humanitarian ‘crisis of catastrophic proportions,'” The Guardian reports. “[W]e’re all starting to take a longer-term view … at some point, we want to see Syria being rebuilt. We…

Israel Expands Polio Vaccination Campaign Nationwide

“Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports (8/18). The country kicked off the “extensive anti-polio drive by vaccinating over 30,000 children under nine…

Researchers Discover MERS Virus In Bat In Saudi Arabia

“The virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been found in [one bat] in Saudi Arabia, suggesting a potential origin for the disease, according to a new study” published Wednesday in the CDC’s “Emerging Infectious Diseases” journal, Live Science reports (Rettner, 8/21). “An international research team said the…

Global Polio Eradication Effort Facing Setbacks In Africa, Middle East

“The global effort to eradicate polio, a disease that has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents,” the New York Times reports. “The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several…

Number Of Child Refugees Fleeing Syria Reaches 1M, U.N. Reports

“The number of children among refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war has reached one million, the United Nations said” Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Yoon, 8/23). “Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of…

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…

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…

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