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As Saudi Arabia’s Number Of MERS Cases Rises, Jordan Reports Travel-Linked Case

CIDRAP News: Jordan reports travel-linked MERS case, Riyadh outbreak total grows “Jordan’s health ministry [Tuesday] announced a MERS-CoV detection in a man who had recently traveled from Saudi Arabia, where the number of newly confirmed cases grew by three, including two that are likely part of a large hospital-linked outbreak…

Fears Of MERS Outbreak During Hajj Pilgrimage ‘Probably Overblown’

Vox: Why worries about a MERS virus outbreak at the Hajj are probably overblown Julia Belluz, health reporter at Vox “…There are a few reasons fears about a deadly outbreak [of MERS] are overblown. … Heading up to this year’s Hajj, [a pilgrimage taken by millions to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca,]…

MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

Blog Post Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: a rapid diagnostic for three hemorrhagic fevers, a MERS vaccine to be tested in humans, and advances in R&D for HIV treatments Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights recent news in global health research, including the development of a paper-based rapid diagnostic…

Saudi Arabia Working To Stem Surge Of New MERS Cases Ahead Of Hajj Pilgrimage

New York Times: New Surge of MERS Infections Hits Saudi Arabia “Saudi Arabia is facing a new surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has infected more than 1,100 people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom since it appeared in 2012. … The…

Saudi Arabia Reports 13 New MERS Cases Linked With Outbreak At Riyadh Hospital

CIDRAP News: Thirteen new MERS cases confirmed in Riyadh outbreak “Saudi Arabia reported 14 new MERS-CoV illnesses, along with four more deaths, over the past three days, with all but one of the infections linked to an ongoing hospital-related outbreak in Riyadh. … The only case confirmed over the past…

Blog Post Reviews Current R&D On Vaccines, Drugs For MERS

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: The latest in MERS R&D: Do we have the tools needed to prevent the next outbreak? Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, reviews research and development efforts on vaccines and drugs for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. She writes, “…Researchers and public health advocates alike are…