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Wired Examines Risk Of Disease Outbreaks At Large Gatherings Such As Hajj

Wired: Toppling Cranes Aren’t the Only Things Threatening Mecca “…Friday’s crane collapse at the Grand Mosque [in Mecca, Saudi Arabia], which killed over 100 people and injured more than 200 others, is a stark demonstration that disease isn’t the only health risk when you’ve got millions of people gathered in…

Islamist Militants Threaten Polio Immunization Campaign In Syria

IRIN: Will Islamic State allow polio drive? “In Syria’s brutal civil war, the announcement in late January that the country had effectively beaten polio again was a rare bright spot. … But even this small achievement is now threatened as the Islamist militants have cracked down on aid groups, and…

Fears Of MERS Outbreak During Hajj Pilgrimage ‘Probably Overblown’

Vox: Why worries about a MERS virus outbreak at the Hajj are probably overblown Julia Belluz, health reporter at Vox “…There are a few reasons fears about a deadly outbreak [of MERS] are overblown. … Heading up to this year’s Hajj, [a pilgrimage taken by millions to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca,]…

Strategies To Encourage Vaccination Must Be Tailored To Local Communities

Devex: Why we should not hesitate to vaccinate Philippe Duclos, executive secretary for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization “…There is no ‘magic bullet’ or single intervention strategy that works for all instances of vaccine hesitancy. We need tailored strategies to improve vaccine acceptance, using effective communication to…

MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

Saudi Arabia Working To Stem Surge Of New MERS Cases Ahead Of Hajj Pilgrimage

New York Times: New Surge of MERS Infections Hits Saudi Arabia “Saudi Arabia is facing a new surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has infected more than 1,100 people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom since it appeared in 2012. … The…

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