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Saudi Authorities Take Ebola, MERS Precautions During Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

News outlets report on safeguards being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola and MERS during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deutsche Welle: Ebola casts shadow over Mecca “The annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has begun. But this year, there will be fewer Muslims from West…

MERS Not International Emergency But Risk Of Spread To Ebola-Stricken Africa, WHO Says

Media outlets report on the outcomes of the WHO Emergency Committee meeting on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). CIDRAP: WHO panel: MERS still not an international emergency “Following a summer lull of MERS-CoV cases but a renewed trickle in recent weeks, and amid worldwide worries about Ebola, the World Health…

Children In Middle East Suffer Detrimental Effects Of War, Experts Say

News outlets report on the negative effects of war and violence on children in the Middle East. U.N. News Centre: Not a single child untouched by recent Gaza conflict, says U.N. rights expert “There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in…

Austria Reports First MERS Case In Saudi National, According To Media Report

Reuters: Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi national: media “Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Tuesday, citing the health ministry…” (Nasralla,…

Health Conditions Very Poor For Iraqis Trapped In Conflict Zones, MSF Says

VOA News: Health Conditions in Iraq Become Alarming “The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders reports the health situation in Iraq is alarming. The group, known by its French initials MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), says conditions are particularly dire for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in conflict zones…” (Schlein,…

Efforts To Protect Syrian Women, Girls From Sexual Exploitation Failing, IRC Report Says

The Guardian: Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria “Commitments to protect Syrian women and girls from sexual abuse, exploitation, and early marriage have not been backed by practical action, which has had devastating consequences, according to a report published on Thursday. The report published by the International…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Drug Mix-Up Caused Deaths Of Syrian Children; Opposition Coalition To Issue Final Report

News outlets report on the vaccine mix-up in Syria that led to the death of at least 15 young children. Forbes: Vaccine Mix-Up In Syria Not Uncommon In U.S., Canada “…A preliminary investigation by the National Coalition revealed that instead of the measles vaccine, the infants received atracurium, a neuromuscular…

Aid Workers, Groups Say Growing Number Of Humanitarian Crises Overwhelming Resources

Bloomberg News: Aid Workers Battle Ebola and Bullets as Crises Multiply “…As President Barack Obama [Tuesday] said the U.S. will send 3,000 troops to fight the Ebola outbreak, humanitarians say they’re juggling a record onslaught of crises from Africa to Syria that have stretched their resources and their ability to…