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U.S. MERS Patient To Leave Hospital Soon; Number Of Cases Growing In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the status of the U.S. patient diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: 1st American MERS patient may leave hospital soon “The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving…

CDC Confirms First Case Of MERS In U.S.; Death Toll In Saudi Arabia Rises To 111

News outlets discuss the latest developments in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, including the first reported case of the coronavirus in the U.S. Associated Press: CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American “Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus…

Saudi Health Officials Must Provide More Transparency, Information In MERS Outbreak

An opinion piece and editorial discuss the importance of transparency in Saudi Arabia’s handling of the MERS outbreak. Foreign Policy: Stay Away from Camel Milk and Egyptian Tomb Bats Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…The question now is: Will the [Middle East…

Jordan Identifies 2 New MERS Cases, Saudi Arabia Announces 26 More

News outlets report on the latest developments in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Jordan records two new MERS infections “Two new infections from MERS coronavirus have been detected in Jordan, the health ministry said Thursday, one a Saudi man and the other a Jordanian medic who…

Saudi Arabia Announces New MERS Deaths; WHO Advises Those At Risk Avoid Camels

Media outlets report on the latest news surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Saudi announces 3 new MERS deaths, toll hits 105 “Saudi health authorities announced Tuesday three new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as a group of experts met to discuss means of preventing the spread…

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Polio

News outlets report on a WHO emergency meeting convened to discuss the cross-border spread of polio in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: WHO starts emergency polio talks “The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases…

Lawyers, Academics Urge U.N. To Deliver Aid In Syria Without Government Consent

Newspapers report on an open letter from lawyers and academics urging the U.N. to deliver aid without the Syrian government’s consent. The Guardian: Syria: U.N. urged to defy Assad on aid or risk lives of hundreds of thousands “The lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians are at stake because…

MERS Death Toll Rises; Egypt Reports First Case

News outlets report on the growing epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Two Saudis die of MERS, taking toll to 94 “Two Saudi nationals have died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94, the health ministry said…” (4/27). Associated…

Saudi Arabia Must Embrace Transparency, Cooperation In MERS Outbreak

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency “…Major uncertainties about the MERS virus persist, including how it spreads, whether it has efficiently begun human-to-human transmission and whether its genetic makeup has evolved. The Saudis must throw open their doors to international scientific inquiry. … For everyone’s safety and…

U.N. Report Finds Humanitarian Aid To Syria Still Blocked

New York Times: U.N. Finds Humanitarian Aid Still Blocked in Syria, Despite Resolution “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have no access to medical supplies because the warring sides in the country’s civil war are blocking humanitarian relief, according to an advance copy of a report from the United Nations secretary…