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WHO Reassesses Threat of Polio; Meets With Country Leaders To Evaluate Polio Efforts

Vaccine News Daily: WHO reassesses spread of wild poliovirus as designated international threat “Last week, the World Health Organization met with leaders from Cameroon, Guinea, Pakistan, and Syria to reevaluate the efficiency of efforts to combat the international spread of wild poliovirus…” (Villareal, 8/6).

Suspected Ebola Case in Saudi Arabia Dies; Health Officials Awaiting Test Results

Reuters: Saudi Arabian man being tested for Ebola virus dies “A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi authorities and international laboratories certified by the World Health Organization…

Syrians In Besieged Areas Receive Food Aid, Says U.N. Agency

U.N. News Centre: Tens of thousands of besieged Syrians receive food aid for first time, U.N. reports “More people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas of Syria are getting food due to a Security Council resolution approved last month that allows delivery trucks to more easily cross borders and conflict lines,…

U.N. Reports On Impact Of Gaza Conflict On Children

New York Times: U.N. Reports Dire Impact on Children in Gaza Strip “As a 72-hour cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip, a United Nations official said Tuesday that Israel’s nearly month-long offensive against Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that runs Gaza, had had a ‘catastrophic and tragic impact’ on…

Temporary Ceasefire Allows U.N. To Deliver Humanitarian Aid In Gaza

U.N. News Centre: Temporary ceasefire allows U.N. to restock water, food, following another school attack “Amid a seven-hour ceasefire announced by Israel in Gaza, the United Nations and aid partners are restocking supplies in schools and other buildings being used as temporary shelters for the nearly 270,000 displaced people throughout…

Health Services ‘On Verge Of Collapse’ In Gaza, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. warns of ‘rapidly unfolding’ health disaster in Gaza “Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip ‘on the verge of collapse,’ according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions…

Saudi Arabia Reports Only 10 New Cases Of MERS During Ramadan

Reuters: Ramadan pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia mostly free from MERS “Saudi Arabia reported 10 confirmed new cases of a deadly respiratory disease during Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan, and subsequent Eid al-Fitr holiday, after fears that an influx of pilgrims over the period might spread the infection more widely…”…

Health Workers Vaccinate Children In Pakistan, Despite Death Threats

NPR: Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains “…Being a front-line health worker usually isn’t controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear that the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to…

U.N., Red Cross Condemn Attacks Against Hospitals In Gaza

Huffington Post: Hospitals Are Supposed To Be For Healing. In Gaza, They’re Part Of The War Zone “As the number of dead and wounded from the conflict between Israel and Gaza continues to soar on either side, several Palestinian hospitals have found themselves directly in the line of fire. According…