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U.S., Saudi Arabia Officials Discuss MERS Vaccine Development, WHO’s Chan Says

Reuters: World health chief says U.S., Saudi discussing MERS vaccine “The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head off the next outbreak of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Margaret Chan…

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South Korean MERS Patient Believed To Be Cured Of Virus Rediagnosed, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: Last South Korea MERS patient rediagnosed with virus “A South Korean man believed cured of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been rediagnosed with the deadly virus, health officials said on Tuesday. The diagnosis deals a blow to Seoul’s hopes of being declared free of a disease that…

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Scientists Say Trials Needed To Test Influenza Drugs’ Effectiveness During Potential Outbreaks

Reuters: Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics “Scientists still don’t know if two commonly used flu drugs — Roche’s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza — really work in seasonal or pandemic flu outbreaks and say robust clinical trials are urgently needed to find out…” (Kelland, 10/7).

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NOVA Next, GroundTruth Project Series Interviews WHO DG Margaret Chan, Examines MERS In Jordan

Next Outbreak, a multimedia collaboration of the GroundTruth Project and NOVA Next in association with WGBH Boston, published two more articles in its series. NOVA Next: Are We Prepared? An Exclusive Interview with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan “…On the heels of the United Nations adopting new global development goals for…

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As Hajj Begins, Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report Additional MERS Cases; WHO, Countries Make Preparations For Pilgrims’ Health

CIDRAP News: Saudi Arabia, Jordan report more MERS as Hajj begins “As about two million Muslims from across the globe gather in Saudi Arabia to launch the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the host country over the past three days reported three more MERS-CoV cases in as many cities. And neighboring Jordan…

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Global Community Should Take Precautions Against Potential MERS Outbreaks

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: MERS — an uncertain future Editorial Board “…A recent WHO report stated that ‘WHO expects that … [MERS] cases will continue to be exported to other countries.’ If export were to a country with a weak health infrastructure, a much larger outbreak than was seen in…

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New MERS Case Numbers Down In Saudi Arabia At Start Of Hajj, Health Official Says

Reuters: Saudi minister says MERS cases are reducing before hajj “A recent surge in cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a sometimes deadly virus, in Saudi Arabia has ebbed in the run-up to Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage, the kingdom’s Health Minister Khaled al-Falih said on Thursday…” (al-Mughrabi, 9/17).

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‘Supply And Demand Forces’ Should Be Tapped To Ensure Availability Of Effective Childhood Pneumonia Treatment

Devex: Using markets to improve children’s lives Cammie Lee, senior program officer at the Results for Development Institute, and Kanika Bahl, principal and managing director at the Results for Development Institute “…[K]ey donors are rapidly mobilizing resources to scale up access to [amoxicillin dispensable tablets (amox DT)] in several countries…

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Report, Interactive Map Examine Trends In Antibiotic Resistance

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Antibiotic resistance poses growing threat to fragile health systems Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy’s State of the World’s Antibiotics 2015 report, which “tracks trends of growing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria…

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WHO Committee Does Not Declare MERS Emergency, Calls On Governments To Better Follow Agency’s Advice On Disease

News outlets report on a statement by the WHO’s IHR Emergency Committee on MERS. CIDRAP News: Panel says no MERS emergency amid rising concerns “An emergency committee set up to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) about steps needed to address MERS-CoV held off again on declaring a global public…

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