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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…

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).

Dengue Cases High In SE Asia As Summer Season Nears

The Global Dispatch reports on the dengue fever outbreaks occurring in Southeast Asia. Global Dispatch: Dengue fever outbreak warning issued as Thailand nears summer season “After recording 153,000 dengue fever cases in 2013, the most in two decades, the Thailand Ministry of Health is sending out a warning of a…

Chikungunya Likely Will Reach The Americas

CIDRAP News: Expert says chikungunya likely to keep spreading “With chikungunya, a viral disease that causes severe joint pain, spreading in the Caribbean, a U.S. expert said today that the virus is likely to reach other parts of the Americas, possibly including the United States…” (Roos, 2/18).

Climate Change Impacting Spread Of Infectious Diseases

News outlets report on how climate change is impacting the spread of infectious diseases. ClimateWire/Scientific American: How the Spreading Symptoms of Climate Change Can be Deadly “The hallmarks of a warming climate, heavier rains, more severe droughts, rising sea levels and longer growing seasons, are spreading a variety of pathogens…

New Study On Ancient Plague Outbreak Shows How Disease Spread

ScienceNow: Roads and Floods Help Plague Spread “Coughs and sneezes may spread diseases, but transport routes and wet climates may help spread the plague. That’s the conclusion of a new study that uses a novel analytical approach to track how a plague epidemic moved across China beginning in the mid-19th…

Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…

Nigeria Records More Cholera Deaths Following 2013 Outbreak

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria reports new cholera deaths after surge in 2013 “A cholera outbreak across Nigeria has killed 24 people and infected 952 in the first four weeks of 2014, following a surge in cases last year, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of cholera cases went…

MSF Begins Measles Vaccination Campaign In Guinea

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a vaccination campaign against measles in an attempt to control the epidemic that was declared by the government of Guinea on January 14. 1105 suspected cases, with 68 confirmed, have already been recorded, causing the fear of a rapid explosion in the number of infections,”…

High Rate Of TB Among Indian Weavers’ Villages

Associated Press: Weavers’ villages in India suffer TB epidemic “This cluster of poor villages, long known for its colorful silk saris, now is known for something else: tuberculosis. Nearly half of Lohata’s population has it — some 100,000 people — and the community’s weaving tradition is part of the reason…