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Philippines Urges Muslims To Reconsider Hajj; U.N. Says Most MERS Cases Are Preventable

News outlets discuss concerns surrounding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj “The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority on Thursday to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there…”…

Ebola Outbreak Presents Numerous Challenges In West Africa

Washington Post: West Africa faces challenges to contain the Ebola outbreak Meredith Dyson, health program manager with Catholic Relief Services in Sierra Leone “The June 30 [Washington Post] editorial ‘Ebola, unchecked’ highlighted the severity of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa but inadequately portrayed the challenges faced by the governments…

Chikungunya Cases Continue To Rise In Caribbean

News outlets discuss chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that is becoming prevalent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Associated Press: Virus strikes hard in Haiti’s crowded shantytowns “…This latest scourge in Haiti is chikungunya. It’s a rarely fatal but intensely painful mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean and…

WHO Intensifies Cholera Response In South Sudan

Xinhua News: Death toll from cholera outbreak hits 63 in S. Sudan: WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has intensified its response to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan after 63 people have lost their lives and 2,340 people [have been] treated for the disease…” (Mengjie, 6/30).

West Africa, WHO Take Steps To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to cover responses from the WHO and African health officials to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola “The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367…

News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak. New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus “…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…