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South Korea’s President Postpones U.S. Trip As MERS Case Total Reaches 108, 9 Deaths

Agence France-Presse: Park postpones U.S. trip as South Korea MERS toll hits nine “South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has postponed a planned trip to the United States, her spokesman said Wednesday, amid growing public alarm at the MERS outbreak which has now claimed nine lives…” (Ha-Won, 6/10). New York Times:…

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News Outlets Examine South Korea’s Response To MERS Outbreak, Treatment, Vaccine Development

International Business Times: MERS Outbreak 2015: Scientists Say A Treatment Is Possible, So Why Don’t We Have One? “…Scientists say the disease, known as MERS, is easily treatable — but no treatment currently exists. Progress on lifesaving treatments has been impeded by the lack of profit potential for pharmaceutical companies,…

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South Korea Records 8 More MERS Cases, 1 Additional Death; Government Vows To Stop Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: South Korea reports seventh MERS death, vows to end crisis “South Korea Tuesday reported its seventh death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the government — concerned about the economic impact — said it hoped to end the crisis this week. Eight new infections brought the total…

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Prioritizing Surveillance, Transparency Critical To Stopping MERS From Spreading Across Borders

Financial Times: Surveillance is the best defense against a border-breaching virus Anjana Ahuja, science commentator “…As the World Health Organization undergoes a post-Ebola reboot, it must prioritize disease surveillance and, as noted at the G7 summit, create the capacity for a rapid response. Encouraging transparency would help: until this weekend,…

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CSIS Publication Examines MERS Outbreak In South Korea

Center for Strategic & International Studies: MERS in Korea: Why This Outbreak Can Be Stopped Soon As part of CSIS’s “Korea Chair Platform” publication, Daniel R. Lucey, adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center and senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law with the…

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South Korea Reports Jump In MERS Cases; Total Reaches 87, Including 6 Deaths

Agence France-Presse: S. Korea reports sixth MERS death, surge in infections “South Korea recorded its sixth death and biggest single-day jump in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infections Monday, with 23 new cases in the largest outbreak of the potentially deadly virus outside Saudi Arabia. From just four cases two…

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South Korea’s MERS Case Total Rises To 41 With 4 Deaths; WHO To Send Team In Joint Mission With Government

Agence France-Presse: Seoul mayor declares ‘war’ on MERS after fourth death “South Korea reported on Friday a fourth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as an infected doctor fueled fears of a fresh surge in cases and prompted Seoul’s mayor to declare ‘war’ on the virus…” (Chang-Won, 6/5). CNN:…

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South Korea Reports 5 New MERS Cases, 1 Death; President Establishes Task Force As More People Quarantined

Agence France-Presse: S. Korea reports third death from MERS outbreak “South Korea on Thursday reported its third death from an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected dozens of people, seen hundreds of schools closed and caused thousands to cancel travel plans…” (Ha-Won, 6/3). Associated Press: More reason for…

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South Korean President Calls For MERS Control Measures After 5 New Cases Reported

Reuters: South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS “South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference…”…

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Meningitis Epidemic Responsible For 545 Deaths In Niger On Decline, WHO Says

Reuters: Niger meningitis epidemic has peaked, 545 dead: WHO says “An epidemic of meningitis has killed 545 people in Niger, out of 8,234 people who caught the disease, but has now peaked, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday…” (Miles, 6/2).

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