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WHO Emergency Committee On MERS Says Situation Not An Emergency

“After discussing the latest developments, the [WHO’s] emergency committee on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) decided today that the MERS situation still does not amount to an international public health emergency,” CIDRAP News reports. However, “the panel felt that the situation is still of concern in view of…

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H7N9 Bird Flu Not Yet Well-Adapted For Human Transmission, Study Says

“The H7N9 bird flu virus has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily but it would not be wise to dismiss its potential risk, according to a U.S. study published in the journal Science Thursday,” Xinhua reports. “In contrast to some initial studies that had suggested that…

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Hong Kong Reports 2nd Case Of H7N9, Quarantines 19

“Hong Kong’s Center of Health Protection said Saturday authorities have quarantined 19 people that had come in contact with a H7N9 bird flu victim,” Forbes reports (Flannery, 12/8). Most of those quarantined have tested negative for the virus, “with the results of one patient pending,” Deutsche Welle writes, noting “Hong…

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CDC Works To Protect Americans Through Global Health Focus

The Lancet: Global health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat, Jordan Tappero, and John Blandford of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…The world is more interconnected than ever, and weak links in public health capacity anywhere can have profound effects at distant locations. Governments…

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In Letter To CDC, Rep. Gingrey Warns Of Disease Spread Potential From Child Migrants To U.S.

The Hill: Gingrey: Child migrants pose health risk “Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) warned that the unaccompanied children illegally crossing the border into the U.S. carrying infectious diseases could pose a threat to public health. In a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden, Gingrey, a former…

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Asian Nations Should Remain Alert On MERS Though Spread To Region Unlikely, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: MERS unlikely to spread in Asia: WHO expert “Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday…” (7/10).

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MERS Virus Detected In Air Samples Of Camel Barn Suggests Disease Is Airborne

Reuters: MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn “Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air…” (Kelland, 7/22).

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Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…

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New Study Maps H7N9 Avian Flu Risk In Asia

New York Times: Mapping the Risk of Bird Flu’s Spread “A strain of bird flu that has infected at least 367 people in mainland China over the past year poses a threat to several other parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India, according to a new…

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WHO Issues Statement On Emergency Committee Meeting On MERS-CoV

World Health Organization: WHO statement on the Sixth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV The WHO issued a statement on outcomes from the convening of the International Health Regulations (IHR) emergency committee regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), stating that while the outbreak remains serious it does…

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