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Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…

China Reports Second Death From H10N8 Bird Flu Strain

New York Times: China Reports Another Case of New Bird Flu Strain “Chinese officials have said a new strain of avian influenza, H10N8, has killed another person, according to a report on Friday by Xinhua, the state news agency. The victim was a 75-year-old man living in Nanchang, the capital…

Number Of MERS Deaths In Saudi Arabia At 61

Agence France-Presse: MERS death toll in Saudi reaches 61 “Saudi health authorities announced on Sunday the death of an elderly woman from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the kingdom to 61…” (2/23).

Camels Linked To Humans As Major Source Of MERS, Study Says

New York Times: Camels Linked to Spread of MERS Virus in People “A new study suggests that camels are the major source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral disease that has sickened 182 people and killed 79 of them since it was first detected in Saudi…

Blog Posts Address World Pneumonia Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Pneumonia Day, observed on Nov. 12. Yehuda Benguigui, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog: Benguigui, child health team lead for USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), examines two challenges in preventing pneumonia deaths in children…

Preventing Childhood Diseases In India Must Be Prioritized

“As India celebrates Children’s Day [on Thursday], the frightening UNICEF statistic that 1.4 million children under five die every year in this country, the vast majority of them from preventable diseases, should not be forgotten,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore,…

Opinion Pieces Address Challenges, Progress In Fight Against Pneumonia

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing pneumonia.World Pneumonia Day was observed on Tuesday. Kolleen Bouchane, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “[F]or all the beautiful things a child’s lungs can do, they also provide a breeding ground for many of the deadliest diseases affecting children: tuberculosis (TB), asthma,…

Indonesia Records 163rd H5N1 Fatality

Indonesia this week recorded its 163rd fatality from H5N1 avian influenza, with the death of a 31-year-old woman, Agence France-Presse reports (11/18). “She is the third Indonesian to die this year from the virus,” according to the Associated Press/ABC News, which adds, “An investigation by the ministry found that the…

Saudi Arabia Must Remain Vigilent, Transparent On MERS

Citing two conflicting studies on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) — one showing “a slowly growing epidemic” and the other not — a Washington Post editorial states, “The behavior of this virus is a matter of concern to the world. Much is unknown, and much will depend on Saudi…