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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…

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…

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…

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…

South Korea Takes Steps To Monitor, Prevent Spread Of MERS

New York Times: After MERS, South Korea Authorizes Prison for Quarantine Scofflaws “Stung by the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, South Korea has passed a law authorizing prison terms of up to two years for people who defy quarantine orders or lie about their potential exposure to an infectious…