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Additional MERS Cases Detected In Middle East, Asia

News outlets report on additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) detected in the Middle East and Asia. Agence France-Presse: Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah “A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over…

Filipino Health Worker Dies Of MERS In UAE; Five Others Infected

News outlets report on the death of a health worker from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United Arab Emirates. Yemen also reports its first case of MERS. Agence France-Presse: Filipino paramedic dies of MERS in UAE “The United Arab Emirates announced Friday that one of six Filipino paramedics…

UNICEF Calls For Increased Investment In Syria’s Children

The Guardian: Syria’s children need guaranteed funding to prevent a ‘lost generation’ “The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years’ guaranteed funding,…

Polio Immunization Efforts Continue In Iraq, Cameroon

News outlets discuss efforts to vaccinate populations against polio in Iraq and Cameroon. Associated Press: Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict “Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting…

U.N. Report Warns Drought In Syria Further Threatens Food Security

Media outlets discuss a new U.N. report (.pdf) warning that drought could worsen an already fragile food security situation in Syria. Al Jazeera: U.N.: Syria drought to deepen food crisis “The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate…

Saudi Arabia Reports 2 Deaths Among 11 Cases Of MERS

News outlets report on the rising number of MERS cases in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital “The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff,…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

U.N. Forced To Cut Food Rations In Syria Due To Donor Funds Shortage

Reuters: U.N. has to cut Syria food rations for lack of donor funds “The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official said on…

UNICEF To Immunize 20M Children Against Polio In Iraq, Syria, Egypt

News outlets report on UNICEF’s polio vaccination campaign launched over the weekend in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Deutsche Welle: Massive polio vaccination underway in Syria and Iraq “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a vaccination campaign Sunday as part of an international response to a major polio outbreak in…

Counterterrorism Measures Must Stop Using Vaccination Teams As Covers

Foreign Policy: The Shots Heard Around the World Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “New shots are jeopardizing humanity’s battle to eradicate polio, and they don’t include syringes or vaccines. Rather, they’re the gunshots of Islamic terrorists. … The collective forces…