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World Must Prepare Better For Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Expert Says

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: MERS: An outbreak reveals vulnerabilities, gaps, another chance to build appropriate responses Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses comments made by Dan Lucey, senior scholar at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, on the Ebola…

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South Korea Reports 172 MERS Cases, 27 Deaths; Thailand Reports No New Cases; Malaysia Steps Up Traveler Screening

Reuters: South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, Thailand says no new cases “South Korea’s health ministry reported on Monday two more deaths in the country’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which the World Health Organization said was ‘large and complex,’ bringing the number of fatalities to 27. Thailand,…

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Scientists, Donors Say Improved Systems For Disease Research, Vaccine Development, Outbreak Response Needed

Washington Post: MERS crisis: Do we need a NATO-type war strategy for potential epidemics? “…[The MERS] crisis has prompted calls for a better early warning and response process to stop the spread of infectious diseases that threaten the planet. At the top of many researchers’ lists are a more structured…

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Vigilant Monitoring, Especially In Hospitals, Crucial To Stopping Spread Of MERS

New York Times: Coping With Outbreaks of MERS Editorial Board “…Officials at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expressed confidence that the disease is not yet a global emergency. But a series of medical errors in South Korea shows what can happen to…

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South Korean MERS Outbreak Subsiding, But Control Efforts Must Be Sustained, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: MERS outbreak shows old habits die hard in South Korea “…Since the first case was diagnosed on May 20, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has spread at an alarmingly rapid pace in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, infecting 166 people and killing 24 of them in less than a month. Experts…

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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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