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Scientists To Make Real-Time Genetic Data On Ebola, MERS Freely Available

Reuters: Scientists to share real-time genetic data on deadly MERS, Ebola “Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections…” (Kelland, 4/21).

South Korea Confirms Country’s First MERS Case In Patient Returning From Bahrain

Reuters: South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable “South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough…”…

Researchers Looking For Effective MERS Treatment Model To Test Experimental Drugs

TIME: Remember MERS? Scientists Want Treatments to be Ready, Unlike Ebola “…Right before MERS slipped off our collective radars only to be replaced by the deadly Ebola virus one continent over, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in July that it had received reports of 837 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection…

Secondary MERS Infections Mild Among Patients’ Families, Study Shows

Reuters: Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients’ families “Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported on Wednesday…” (Steenhuysen, 8/27).

Nearly 3B Risk Ill Health From Household Air Pollution

Agence France-Presse: 2.8 bln risk ill health from home air pollution “Nearly three billion people risk ill health and early death merely from breathing the air in their homes that is polluted by fires made for cooking and heating, researchers said…”(9/3).

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,…