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Saudi Arabia Seeing ‘Sporadic’ MERS Cases, Health Ministry Reports

Agence France-Presse: ‘Sporadic’ MERS cases in Saudi: health ministry “Saudi Arabia is seeing ‘sporadic’ cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has killed 324 people in the country, the health ministry said Thursday…” (10/16).

Decade-Old SARS Outbreak Offers Some Lessons For Ebola Efforts

Los Angeles Times: More than a decade later, SARS offers lessons on Ebola “…Before the current outbreak of Ebola virus, there was SARS. More than a decade ago, it blew up across East Asia and spread to Canada and the United States. … The 21st century’s first brush with a…

Scientists Express Concern Over Temporary Ban On New Gain-Of-Function Research Funding

Science Magazine: Researchers rail against moratorium on risky virus experiments “A moratorium on certain risky virology studies imposed by the U.S. government last Friday has gone too far, a number of researchers said [Wednesday]. At a meeting at which experts were tasked with hashing out the risks and benefits of…

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry Issues Warning About MERS

Reuters: Rise in MERS cases prompts Saudi warning to residents “Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry on Monday urged residents of the world’s top oil exporter to renew precautions against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after a rise in new cases of the disease since early September…” (McDowall, 10/27).

Asia Prepares For Ebola After Disease Spread To U.S., Spain

New York Times: As Ebola Spreads, Asia Senses Vulnerability “With hundreds of advanced infection-control hospital rooms left over from the fight against SARS, and with some medical professionals suggesting that the Ebola virus was inherently fragile and unlikely to spread in places with modern medical facilities, many doctors in Asia…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).

New Study Maps H7N9 Avian Flu Risk In Asia

New York Times: Mapping the Risk of Bird Flu’s Spread “A strain of bird flu that has infected at least 367 people in mainland China over the past year poses a threat to several other parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India, according to a new…

Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…

CDC Works To Protect Americans Through Global Health Focus

The Lancet: Global health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat, Jordan Tappero, and John Blandford of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…The world is more interconnected than ever, and weak links in public health capacity anywhere can have profound effects at distant locations. Governments…