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New Bird Flu Strain Related To Older Strains; Number Of H7N9 Cases Rising

News outlets report on several strains of avian influenza, including a study published in The Lancet showing a recently identified strain is related to two older flu strains. Al Jazeera: Fatal new bird flu strain worries scientists “A new strain of the bird flu virus has proven fatal for the…

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 New MERS Deaths, 18 New Cases

News outlets cover issues surrounding the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Saudi confirms four new MERS deaths, 18 more infections “Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from the MERS coronavirus and 18 new infections, as it battles to contain the mystery disease which has…

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…

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…

U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…

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