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Thailand Confirms Country’s First MERS Case

Agence France-Presse: Thailand confirms first MERS case as virus spreads in Asia “Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia’s first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people…” (Apilaporn, 6/18). Agence France-Presse: Omani…

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WHO Director General Expresses Guarded Optimism Over South Korean MERS Outbreak, As Total Cases Rise To 165

Agence France-Presse: WHO chief voices optimism over S. Korea MERS outbreak “WHO chief Margaret Chan expressed guarded optimism Thursday over South Korea’s ability to contain a MERS outbreak, saying it was now ‘on a very good footing’ after an initially slow response to the virus which has killed 23 people…”…

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South Korean MERS Outbreak Not Global Health Emergency, WHO Says; Germany Reports 1 MERS-Related Death, No Other Cases

Bloomberg Business: MERS Isn’t Global Health Emergency as Korea Cases Wane, WHO Says “South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome isn’t a global health emergency, a World Health Organization committee decided after finding the virus hasn’t developed the ability to spread easily between people…” (Bennett, 6/17). Deutsche Welle: MERS…

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South Korea Reports 154 MERS Cases, 3 Additional Deaths; Hospitals Tighten Quarantine Measures, Test Experimental Treatments; Frustrations Mount Over Lack Of Vaccine

Reuters: South Korea reports four new MERS cases, three more deaths “South Korea’s health ministry reported four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Tuesday, bringing the total to 154 in an outbreak that is the largest outside Saudi Arabia. The ministry also said three patients infected with…

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Vaccine Necessary To Prevent Another MERS Outbreak

IRIN: MERS’s best friend is ignorance, so it’s time to wise up Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press “…The [MERS] disease and death toll …, the social and economic disruption as well as the fear and political strife South Korea is experiencing will likely ratchet up the pressure…

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South Korea Reports 150 MERS Cases, 16 Deaths; WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: ‘Excessive’ public alarm as S. Korea reports 16th MERS death “South Korea Monday reported its 16th death in an expanding MERS outbreak, as President Park Geun-hye called for efforts to shore up the economy against what she called ‘excessive’ public alarm. Seoul also declared five new patients –…

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International Community Must Step Up Understanding, Surveillance, Control Of Infectious Diseases To Prevent Further Outbreaks

Washington Post: Fighting MERS, again Editorial Board “…After the World Health Organization was slow to respond on Ebola, a debate is underway about how to strengthen global rapid response to disease outbreaks. In today’s world, a virus or bacterium for which there is no cure or treatment can be spread…

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South Korea Reports 126 MERS Cases; Public Health Experts, Korean Central Bank React To Outbreak

International Business Times: MERS Outbreak 2015: How Vaccinating Millions Of Camels In The Middle East Might Stop The Deadly Virus “…While the [MERS] outbreak in South Korea has prompted public health officials to call for faster diagnosis and improved hospital protocols, some scientists are working to develop ways to prevent…

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Leadership Vital To Ensuring Global Health Security

The Lancet: MERS — the latest threat to global health security Editorial Board “…With new cases of Ebola still occurring in West Africa, frequent influenza epidemics worldwide, MERS (and previously SARS) adds to the infectious disease threat to global health security. As David Hui and colleagues call for in The…

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South Korea Reports 122 MERS Cases, 10 Deaths; WHO Working With Government On Prevention, Control Measures

New York Times: South Korean Hamlet, Under MERS Quarantine, Symbolizes Weaknesses in System “No one in this tiny village of 73 households can leave. … Jangdeok represents the most extreme of the quarantine measures that embarrassed South Korean authorities have scrambled to assemble in recent days to stop the disease,…

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