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Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In West Africa

News outlets report on an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse/News24: Sierra Leone raises Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone raised its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus on Monday, sparking fears that the deadly epidemic gripping west Africa is spreading…” (6/2). Associated Press/ABC News: Sierra…

MERS Spreads To Algeria; Jordan Reports New Death

Agence France-Presse reports on new cases of and deaths caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: First MERS infections detected in Algeria “Algeria reported its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus on Saturday, both among pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, where most cases and…

Sierra Leone Reports 2 Ebola Deaths, Rising Number Of Cases

News outlets report on the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, where two deaths and a dozen other cases have been reported. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone confirms seven Ebola cases “Sierra Leone on Friday said that it had confirmed seven cases of Ebola and suspects dozens more amid fears the…

Ebola’s Continued Spread In West Africa Is ‘Serious,’ WHO Says

Reuters: West Africa Ebola outbreak still spreading, ‘situation serious’: WHO “Guinea’s capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, according to the World Health Organization…” (Nebehay/Samb, 5/28).

Ebola Threatens To Spread Further In West Africa

News outlets report on a resurgence of Ebola cases in West Africa. CIDRAP News: Ebola resurges with cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone “After leveling off over the past few weeks, Ebola virus activity in West Africa sparked up again on two fronts, in a newly affected area of Guinea and…

MERS Spreads To Iran While Pace Of New Infections Slows In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on Iran’s first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while the pace of new infections slows in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan “Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had…

Guinea, Sierra Leone Report New Ebola Cases, Signaling Virus’ Spread

News outlets report on Ebola in West Africa, including new cases in areas previously unaffected. Al Jazeera: Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone; five reported dead “At least five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday…” (5/26).…

Iran Confirms 2 MERS Cases; FAO Urges More Monitoring, Investigation Of Virus

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Reuters: Iran confirms first two cases of MERS “Iranian officials say they have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, a deadly virus first reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, its neighbor on the western…

Saudi Officials, Global Health Experts Outline Plan To Prevent Disease During Hajj

New York Times: Guarding Against Disease Among Pilgrims to Mecca “…Preventing outbreaks during the hajj is a major focus of the new field of ‘mass gathering medicine,’ and last week in The Lancet, Saudi and European scientists affiliated with the new Global Center for Mass Gathering Medicine, based in the…