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Dual-Disease Initiatives Have Built-In Efficiencies

Devex: Are double-disease initiatives global health’s low hanging fruit? “…If all goes well, battling pneumonia and diarrhea together [through a UNICEF vaccination program] will not only reduce the mortality rate of the two diseases — but hopefully of five, six, or even 10 other diseases. The structure is similar to…

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).

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’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).

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…

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…

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).

Ebola Unlikely To Become Airborne, CDC, WHO Say

News outlets report on the public’s skepticism over the transmission of Ebola virus. Both the CDC and WHO have issued statements clarifying how the virus does and does not spread, saying the virus is unlikely to become airborne. Financial Times: Experts reject fears Ebola could become airborne “Virologists rejected suggestions…

Saudi Authorities Take Ebola, MERS Precautions During Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

News outlets report on safeguards being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola and MERS during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deutsche Welle: Ebola casts shadow over Mecca “The annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has begun. But this year, there will be fewer Muslims from West…