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Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

Egypt’s H5N1 Bird Flu 2014 Death Toll Reaches 7, Health Ministry Says

Reuters: Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu, bringing total to seven: health ministry “Another Egyptian has died of H5N1 bird flu, bringing the total number of deaths in Egypt from the virus to seven this year out of 14 identified cases, the health ministry said on Wednesday…” (Fahmy/Bushra, 12/3).

Blog Post Examines Pneumonia Case Numbers, Mortality Rates, Spending

Humanosphere: Explaining pneumonia’s big global decline on a tiny budget In a guest post, Nancy Fullman, a policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the relationships among global pneumonia case numbers, mortality rates, and spending on the disease (11/20).

Fighting Pneumonia Requires Access To Prevention, Treatment Interventions

USAID’s “IMPACT”: You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia Robert Steinglass, director of the Immunization Center at John Snow, Inc. and immunization team leader at USAID, and Katrin DeCamp, senior communications specialist for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, discuss the importance of improved access to pneumonia prevention…

Dual-Disease Initiatives Have Built-In Efficiencies

Devex: Are double-disease initiatives global health’s low hanging fruit? “…If all goes well, battling pneumonia and diarrhea together [through a UNICEF vaccination program] will not only reduce the mortality rate of the two diseases — but hopefully of five, six, or even 10 other diseases. The structure is similar to…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).

Asia Prepares For Ebola After Disease Spread To U.S., Spain

New York Times: As Ebola Spreads, Asia Senses Vulnerability “With hundreds of advanced infection-control hospital rooms left over from the fight against SARS, and with some medical professionals suggesting that the Ebola virus was inherently fragile and unlikely to spread in places with modern medical facilities, many doctors in Asia…