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India’s MoH Deploys Experts To Study Increase In H1N1 Cases, Asks State Governments To Examine Mortality Patterns

New York Times: India Deploys Expert Teams to Study Rise in Flu Cases “Indian officials this week scrambled to cope with a rise in cases of the flu, which they say has sickened thousands of people and caused the deaths of 700 since the beginning of January. The Health Ministry…

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Saudi Arabia Invites U.N. Mission To Assist In Efforts Against MERS

U.N. News Centre: Saudi Arabia invites U.N. health team in precautionary measure against spread of respiratory virus “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is dispatching a mission to Saudi Arabia next week at the request of the government to take preventive measures for a possible upsurge…

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India Sees Rise In Swine Flu Cases, Deaths; Hospitals Running Out Of Protective Masks As Disease Spreads

Reuters: India sees rapid rise in swine flu deaths and cases “India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus…” (Kalra, 2/13). TIME: 100 Indians Have Died…

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More Than 200 Dead From Swine Flu In India This Year, Raising Concerns Of Epidemic

International Business Times: India: Over 200 swine flu deaths in less than two months raising concerns “Around 215 deaths from swine flu have been reported so far this year across India, in contrast to 238 deaths in 2014, raising fears of an epidemic. … There is also a rise in…

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WHO Remains Concerned Over MERS Spread In Middle East

Reuters: WHO still concerned about spread of Saudi MERS virus “The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it remained worried about the spread of MERS, a respiratory disease that has infected and killed hundreds of people, overwhelmingly in Saudi Arabia…” (Kelland, 2/5). World Health Organization: WHO statement on the…

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Disease Outbreaks Put Global Health Systems On Alert, But Challenges Remain, U.S. Scientist Says

VOA News: U.S. Scientist: AIDS Remains Key Global Health Threat “The U.S. medical scientist who led a team that helped eradicate outbreaks of smallpox in the 1970s says the global community is now more responsive to possible pandemics despite challenges posed by viruses such as AIDS, bird flu, and more…

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Criticizing Vaccine Prices Could Deter Pharmaceutical Companies From Developing Drugs For Poor Countries, Gates Says

The Guardian: Bill Gates dismisses criticism of high prices for vaccines “Bill Gates has dismissed criticism by health campaigners of the high prices of some vaccines, warning that it only serves to deter pharmaceutical companies from working on life-saving products for poor countries. In an interview with The Guardian from…

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MSF Accepts Pneumonia Vaccine Donation, Bending Own Policy; Group Still Advocates For Fair Pricing

Devex: MSF bends donation policy for pneumonia vaccine “After years of refusing vaccine handouts from big pharmaceutical companies, international medical humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières is bending its policy to accept donations of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. … ‘We are not asking for charity from big pharmaceutical companies, but for…

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MSF Urges Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline To Cut Pneumococcal Vaccine Prices For Children In Developing Countries

The Guardian: Pharmaceutical companies told to slash price of pneumococcal disease vaccine “Two giant pharmaceutical companies should lower the price of a new vaccine against pneumococcal disease that is needed by children in developing countries, but is unaffordable for some of their governments, say the volunteer doctors of Médecins Sans…

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Children With HIV At Higher Risk Of Death From Pneumonia, Study Shows

VOA News: HIV Kids Are High Risk for Pneumonia “A new study said HIV-positive children are much more likely to die from pneumonia than children who are not infected with the AIDS virus. … Researchers said deaths from pneumonia among HIV-positive children could be dramatically reduced by expanding current treatments.…

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