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Health Officials On Alert As MERS Case Detected For First Time In Malaysia

News outlets report on the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to Asia, where a case has been detected in Malaysia.

Associated Press: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns
“A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combating its spread…” (Schreck, 4/17).

Bangkok Post: M’sia quarantines villagers over MERS virus
“Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country’s first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday…” (4/17).

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