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Experts Criticize Saudi Arabia’s Lack Of Cooperation On MERS

Reuters: Special Report: Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus “…Experts say [MERS] infections and deaths could have been stopped well within the two years since MERS first emerged — and would have been if Saudi authorities had been more open to outside help offered by specialist teams…

Report: Lebanon Offers Insufficient Health Care To Syrian Refugees

Associated Press: Watchdog: Syrians lack medical care in Lebanon “Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their lives to return to their war-ravaged country for health care, according to a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday…” (Surk,…

MERS Death Toll Rises To 173 In Saudi Arabia; U.S. Patients Released From Hospital

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: New MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 173 “Saudi health authorities reported Monday new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking to 173 the overall number of fatalities from the disease in the world’s worst-hit country…” (5/19).…

Syrian Health Workers Struggle With Ethics, Lack Of Facilities In War-Torn Country

Inter Press Service: Syrian Doctors Grapple With Medical Emergency and Ethics “As once-eliminated diseases resurface and barrel bombs and alleged chlorine attacks target civilians, doctors in rebel-held areas and across the border struggle with issues of how best to serve their profession. Up to 70 percent of Syria’s health workers…

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…