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Saudis Kiss Their Camels In Defiance Of MERS Warning

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

Saudi Arabians are brazenly engaging in public displays of affection in defiance of the authorities. But this proud show of love is not between people...

Scientists Prove MERS Virus Also Infects Camels

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have proved for the first time that the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus tha...

This Halloween: Bats Beware

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dr. William Karesh

Contrary to creepy Halloween images of witches, ghosts and ghouls, one of the traditional icons of the season -- the bat -- deserves to be a star.

MERS Coronavirus Kills 1 In Saudi Arabia, Another In Qatar

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living

DUBAI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The MERS coronavirus has killed two more people in the Gulf, one in Saudi Arabia where the strain emerged last year, and o...

New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia Bring Global Total To 102

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living

GENEVA, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Eight more people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the MERS coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed infections world...

Deadly MERS Mystery Maybe Solved: Bats One Up Camels

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Even if we find the MERS virus living naturally in bats, we do not know how the bug gets into humans -- and luckily it's an extremely rare event.

Surprised by MERS? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Dr. William Karesh

As with earthquakes, we can do much to reduce the chances of people being hurt by emerging infectious diseases. We know where new diseases are most likely to occur. We need to invest more effort in developing countries, especially those that are rapidly changing.

Going Viral

Dorothy H. Crawford | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Dorothy H. Crawford

Viruses know nothing of sexism, ageism, racism or elitism; they just infect any susceptible person who comes their way. With viruses we must learn to expect the unexpected.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

SARS-Like Virus Can Probably Pass Person-To-Person

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, May 12 (Reuters) - World Health Organisation (WHO) officials said on Sunday it seemed likely a new coronavir...

WHO Experts To Visit Saudi Hospital Where Coronavirus Spread

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living

By Stephanie Nebehay and Mahmoud Habboush GENEVA/DUBAI, May 8 (Reuters) - World Health Organization (WHO) experts and local officials ...

2 More Die In Middle East From New Coronavirus

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living

GENEVA, May 7 (Reuters) - Two more people in Saudi Arabia have died from a new strain of coronavirus that has emerged in the Middle East, bringing t...

11 Now Dead From SARS-Like Virus

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living

GENEVA, March 27 (Reuters) - A 73-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates has become the eleventh person to die from a virus that attacks the res...

15th Person Dies From SARS-Related Virus

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - A Saudi man infected with a deadly new virus from the same family as SARS has died, becom...

Beware Of New Deadly Virus, CDC Warns

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living

In a cautionary report on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of a deadly new virus that has sickened more than a do...

'What We Know Really Concerns Me, But What We Don't Know Really Scares Me'

Reuters | Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - The emergence of a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that h...

British Man Is Sixth To Die After Contracting SARS-Like Virus

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A British man infected with a new virus from the same family as SARS has died, health officials said on Tuesday, bringing...

SARS-Like Virus Is Well-Adapted To Infect Humans, Study Finds

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A new virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and...

SARS-Like Virus Hits 12 Globally With New British Case

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A fourth person in Britain has contracted a potentially fatal SARS-like virus which was unk...

British Man Is 10th Case Of Coronavirus

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living

* 10 cases confirmed worldwide since virus first identified * New British patient had been in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia * F...

WHO: Only Severely Ill Should Be Tested For New Virus From Middle East

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Doctors should only test people for a new virus if they are very ill in hospital with a r...

How Spit, Sequencing And Serendipity Helped Scientists Find A New Virus

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Professor Maria Zambon's first thought when her team of ...

Mysterious New Virus Can Cause Fever, Cough, Breathing Problems

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a global alert about the emergence of a new virus that was previously unk...