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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…

Vietnam Raises Alarm Over H7N9 Bird Flu Risk

Nature News: Vietnam on high alert over flu risk “The H7N9 avian influenza virus that has killed more than 100 people in China in the past year has for the first time been detected in a province bordering Vietnam, raising the prospect that the disease may take hold across Asia…

China Feels Economic Impact Of H7N9; Government Readies Vaccine

News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to…

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…

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 Strain Of Avian Flu Kills Two Chinese Men, Officials Say

“Two people in China have died and another remains critical after falling ill with a strain of bird flu not detected before in humans, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported,” CNN reports (Mullen, 4/1). “The authorities said the two Shanghai men, 27 and 87 years old, fell ill after contracting…

More Information Needed About New Strain Of Bird Flu In China

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, recounts recent events in China, including the discovery of hundreds of dead pigs, ducks, and geese in rivers and the diagnosis of several human cases of a new strain of avian influenza,…