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MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

Saudi Arabia Working To Stem Surge Of New MERS Cases Ahead Of Hajj Pilgrimage

New York Times: New Surge of MERS Infections Hits Saudi Arabia “Saudi Arabia is facing a new surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has infected more than 1,100 people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom since it appeared in 2012. … The…

Lack Of Port Access In Yemen Stalls Deliveries Of Fuel, Food, Medicines

Devex: In Yemen, aid work stalls along with fuel, supply imports “…[In September, a] much-awaited shipment of replenishment supplies for [Oxfam’s] water and sanitation interventions in conflict-torn Yemen is expected to arrive, bringing tanks, pumps, and tools like welding machines. As with fuel, food, and medicines, these supplies have become…

Yemen War Hitting Children Hardest, UNICEF Says; WFP Warns Of Potential Famine

News outlets highlight findings from a new UNICEF report, titled Yemen: Childhood Under Threat, and famine warnings from the World Food Programme. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of ‘storm’ of famine in conflict-hit Yemen “The United Nations warned Wednesday of a ‘developing famine’ in Yemen, where more than half a million…

Typhoid Outbreak Reported Among Palestinian Refugees In Syria

New York Times: Syria: Typhoid Threatens Refugees “A typhoid outbreak is threatening displaced Palestinian residents from the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus, Syria, the United Nations reported Wednesday…” (Gladstone, 8/19). U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. agency reaches areas near Yarmouk camp as typhoid outbreak hits Palestinian refugees “… ‘Amidst reports…

Saudi Arabia Reports 13 New MERS Cases Linked With Outbreak At Riyadh Hospital

CIDRAP News: Thirteen new MERS cases confirmed in Riyadh outbreak “Saudi Arabia reported 14 new MERS-CoV illnesses, along with four more deaths, over the past three days, with all but one of the infections linked to an ongoing hospital-related outbreak in Riyadh. … The only case confirmed over the past…

Humanitarian Community Stretching To Keep Up With Widening Conflict, Casualties In Afghanistan, U.N. Reports

U.N. News Centre: Record civilian casualties and widening conflict stretch humanitarian capacities in Afghanistan — U.N. “The Afghan conflict has intensified in 2015, resulting in record high levels of civilian casualties and new displacements that are stretching the humanitarian community’s ability to sufficiently meet life-saving needs, the United Nations relief…