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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…

Proposed Controversial Law In Iraq Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

NPR: Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls “…[A] proposed law [in Iraq] … would rewrite the rules for matters such as marriage and inheritance according to Shiite Islamic law. Most controversially, the law, proposed by former Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari and passed by the Cabinet,…

Saudi Arabia Must Do More To Investigate MERS Transmission, Treatment

Washington Post: MERS is still a mystery virus In a statement released Wednesday, “[t]he WHO called for speeding up critical investigations, including case-control, serological, environmental and animal studies [on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)]. [Saudi Arabia, which has reported the most cases,] must do everything it can to expedite this…

Medical Workers Under Attack In Syria, Report Says

New York Times: Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say “Syrian government forces in the country’s civil war have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas and are responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities in the country, Physicians for…

Agencies Continue To Face Challenges Delivering Aid In Syria

Reuters features two articles examining humanitarian assistance in Syria. Reuters: Aid workers question effectiveness of U.N. Syria aid “Seven weeks after U.N. aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria for the first time, aid workers and officials in this southern Turkish humanitarian hub still have no idea exactly where the…

Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Rise In Saudi Arabia, Jordan

New outlets continue their coverage of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Jordan reports new MERS death “A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the MERS virus, the government said Monday, on the eve of a World Health Organization…

Number Of MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia Reaches 463; First Case Reported In Lebanon

News outlets report on the growing number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in the region. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS death toll rises to 126 “Saudi Arabia’s death toll from MERS has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom…