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South Korea Marks 3 Days Without New MERS Case

Agence France-Presse: Third day with no new MERS cases in South Korea “South Korea said Tuesday it had gone three days without any new cases of the deadly MERS virus, in a welcome boost to efforts to tackle the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia…” (6/30).

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: a new contraceptive option, China’s role in global health R&D, and vaccines for MERS and pneumonia Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights some of the past week’s news in global health research (6/29).

South Korea Reports 32 MERS Deaths, 182 Total Cases; Patient In Thailand Recovers

Agence France-Presse: South Korea reports 32nd MERS death “South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’s mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. … The total number of infections remained unchanged at 182 and fifteen patients were…

South Korea Takes Steps To Monitor, Prevent Spread Of MERS

New York Times: After MERS, South Korea Authorizes Prison for Quarantine Scofflaws “Stung by the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, South Korea has passed a law authorizing prison terms of up to two years for people who defy quarantine orders or lie about their potential exposure to an infectious…

World Must Prepare Better For Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Expert Says

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: MERS: An outbreak reveals vulnerabilities, gaps, another chance to build appropriate responses Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses comments made by Dan Lucey, senior scholar at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, on the Ebola…

Vigilant Monitoring, Especially In Hospitals, Crucial To Stopping Spread Of MERS

New York Times: Coping With Outbreaks of MERS Editorial Board “…Officials at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed confidence that the disease is not yet a global emergency. But a series of medical errors in South Korea shows what can happen to…