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CDC Confirms First Case Of MERS In U.S.; Death Toll In Saudi Arabia Rises To 111

News outlets discuss the latest developments in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, including the first reported case of the coronavirus in the U.S. Associated Press: CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American “Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus…

U.S. MERS Patient To Leave Hospital Soon; Number Of Cases Growing In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the status of the U.S. patient diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: 1st American MERS patient may leave hospital soon “The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving…

Saudi Hospital Head Fired After MERS Infected Several HCWs; New Death, Research Reported

News outlets continue to cover issues surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Saudi hospital head sacked over MERS panic “Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic…

Saudi Arabia Reports 4 New MERS Deaths, 18 New Cases

News outlets cover issues surrounding the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Agence France-Presse: Saudi confirms four new MERS deaths, 18 more infections “Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from the MERS coronavirus and 18 new infections, as it battles to contain the mystery disease which has…

Number Of MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia Reaches 463; First Case Reported In Lebanon

News outlets report on the growing number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in the region. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS death toll rises to 126 “Saudi Arabia’s death toll from MERS has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom…

Saudi Arabia Revises Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Upward; Fires Deputy Health Minister

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: UAE coronavirus death toll rises to 10 “The MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013, the health minister said in comments published by local…

Study Identifies Camel As Source Of MERS Infection In Saudi Man

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the theory that camels are a source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Associated Press: Study documents MERS spread from camel to person “A new report offers the strongest evidence yet that a…

NIH Funding To Support Malaria, Influenza Research

Reuters: U.S. backs new genetic research on infectious diseases “The U.S. National Institutes of Health [NIH] has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute to back an initiative to study infectious diseases like malaria and influenza at the genetic level to help find better treatments and preventive measures…”…

Increase In Saudi MERS Cases Raises Questions About Transparency

Reuters: Scientists question Saudi openness on deadly MERS virus outbreak “A dramatic upward revision in the number of people killed by the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia may signal a fresh approach from Riyadh, but also raises new questions about how the two-year-old outbreak has been handled…” (Kelland, 6/5).

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