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Filipino Health Worker Dies Of MERS In UAE; Five Others Infected

News outlets report on the death of a health worker from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United Arab Emirates. Yemen also reports its first case of MERS. Agence France-Presse: Filipino paramedic dies of MERS in UAE “The United Arab Emirates announced Friday that one of six Filipino paramedics…

White House Expert Says Global Health Is National Security Issue

Elizabeth Cameron, White House national security expert, served as the keynote speaker for the April 9 “New Avian Influenzas in East Asia: Global Health Security and Policy” symposium at Georgetown University, according to a press release. She said, “The challenge we face as a global community is how to leverage…

Saudi Arabia Reports 2 Deaths Among 11 Cases Of MERS

News outlets report on the rising number of MERS cases in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital “The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff,…

Improved Pneumonia Vaccine, Health Monitoring Systems Could Reduce Child Deaths In Kenya

IRIN: Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya “Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the…

WHO Announces 5 New MERS Cases Reported In 3 Countries

CIDRAP: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries “Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels…” (3/20).

New Virus In China May Be Cause Of Death Of 3 Mine Workers

Science News: A New Killer Virus in China? “In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking…

New Room-Temperature Vaccine Can Be ‘Game-Changer’ In Developing Countries

VOA News: Room-Temperature Vaccine Could Be Boon to Developing Countries “Scientists have developed a revolutionary vaccine that does not require refrigeration or booster shots, making the so-called nanovaccine a potential ‘game-changer’ in curbing disease in the developing world…” (Berman, 3/19).

Antiviral Drug ‘Tamiflu’ Found To Be Effective Against H1N1, Study Reports

News outlets report on a new study that finds the antiviral drug Tamiflu to be effective against H1N1 flu. Reuters: Roche-backed study finds Tamiflu saved lives in flu pandemic “Using Roche’s medicine Tamiflu saved lives during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic four years ago, according to a new scientific study…