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U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…

Saudi Arabia Invites U.N. Mission To Assist In Efforts Against MERS

U.N. News Centre: Saudi Arabia invites U.N. health team in precautionary measure against spread of respiratory virus “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is dispatching a mission to Saudi Arabia next week at the request of the government to take preventive measures for a possible upsurge…

Aid Agencies Urge Donors To Step Up Humanitarian Response In Yemen

The Guardian: Yemen facing ‘forgotten crisis’ as humanitarian disaster looms “As Yemen teeters towards political collapse and foreign embassies close their doors and evacuate staff, aid agencies are warning that more than half the country’s nearly 26 million people risk a humanitarian disaster. Describing Yemen’s humanitarian situation as a ‘forgotten…

U.K. Pledges Additional Aid For Syrian Refugees, Host Countries

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £100m extra for Syrian refugees “…The package — intended to assist refugees and the communities hosting them in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq — was announced by the international development secretary, Justine Greening, as she visited Jordan with the Prince of Wales on Sunday. It brings…

WHO Remains Concerned Over MERS Spread In Middle East

Reuters: WHO still concerned about spread of Saudi MERS virus “The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it remained worried about the spread of MERS, a respiratory disease that has infected and killed hundreds of people, overwhelmingly in Saudi Arabia…” (Kelland, 2/5). World Health Organization: WHO statement on the…

WFP Concerned ISIS Manipulating Food Aid Parcels In Syria

New York Times: U.N. Concerned About Reports That Food Aid to Syria Is in ISIS Hands “The United Nations food relief agency said it was ‘extremely concerned’ about the possible manipulation of its aid to Syria after images posted on jihadist websites and social media appeared to show Islamic State…

Experts Urge Continuing Polio Surveillance In Syria, Iraq To Ensure No New Cases

IRIN: Has Syria really beaten polio? “The World Health Organization has announced that Syria has seen no new cases of polio in the past year, but some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion. … Last week, at a regional polio review conference held…

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