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Saudi Hospital Head Fired After MERS Infected Several HCWs; New Death, Research Reported

News outlets continue to cover issues surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Saudi hospital head sacked over MERS panic “Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic…

Yemen Should Approve Child Rights Act Banning Child Marriage, FGM

The Guardian: Yemen law on child brides and FGM offers hope of wider progress Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East and North African consultant with Equality Now “Yemen is poised to vote on a comprehensive Child Rights Act over the coming months, which would ban child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).…

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…