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How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

Bat Viruses Are Most Likely To Jump To Humans In West Africa And South East Asia

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living

LONDON (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lea...

This Camel Vaccine Could Stave Off The Next Pandemic

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living

A vaccine that protects against the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) has been shown to be effective in camels, a new study f...

Your State Likely Can't Handle An Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

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Scientists Hope Tracking Winter Flu Will Help Close Pandemic Knowledge Gap

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug...

How The U.S. Is Trying To Get Ahead Of The Next MERS Outbreak

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head ...

MERS Outbreak Prompts Saudi Arabian Hospital To Close Emergency Ward

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi authorities closed an emergency ward in one of the kingdom's largest hospitals after at least 46 people, including...

Are We Prepared For The Next Global Epidemic? The Public Doesn't Think So

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The public is right: The world is not prepared for the next epidemic. We're no better equipped to respond quickly to an outbreak than we were a year ago. But we can be - and at a fraction of what it would cost if we don't act urgently.

Philippines Confirms Second MERS Case

AP | Posted 07.06.2015 | Health News

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive fo...

Thailand Praised For Its 'Flawless' Response To First MERS Patient

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | Health News

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK, June 22 (Reuters) - Thailand's status as a hub for medical tourism could be hel...

WHO Praises South Korea's Efforts To Contain Deadly MERS Virus

AP | KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 06.19.2015 | Health News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has praised beleaguered South Korean officials and exhausted health workers, say...

North Korea Claims It Has Found Cure For MERS, Ebola, SARS And AIDS

Posted 06.19.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed. The authoritarian, impoverished nati...

MERS Outbreak Is A 'Wake-Up Call' For All Countries, Says WHO

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON (AP)€” The World Health Organization says the spread of a mysterious virus from the Middle East to South Korea doesn't merit being declared a...

German Man Dies Of Complications Stemming From MERS

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - A 65-year-old German man who was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus earlier this year has d...

Surprised by MERS Again? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Asia

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. William Karesh

It's hard to believe but I first posted the article that this is adapted from almost two years ago to the day. Little has changed other than Ebola drawing the world's attention away from MERS until a new and significant outbreak erupted in east Asia three weeks ago after being introduced by a traveler returning from the Middle-East.

There's No Excuse For Our Lack Of A MERS Vaccine

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - Three years after the mysterious MERS virus first emerged in humans, sci...

South Korea Confirms Tenth MERS Death

AP | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has pea...

Sixth MERS Death Confirmed In South Korea

AP | TONG-HYUNG KIM | Posted 06.08.2015 | Health News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measur...

MERS Outbreak Closes Nearly 2,000 Schools In South Korea

Reuters | Ju-min Park and Jack Kim | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

(Adds comment from Hong Kong, detail) By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL, June 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong upgraded to "serio...

All The Reasons To Be Calm In The Midst Of South Korea's MERS Outbreak

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 06.05.2015 | Health News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Sales of surgical masks surge amid fears of a deadly, poorly understood virus. Airlines announce "intensified sanitizing o...

South Korea Confirms Third MERS Death

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living

By Ju-min Park and Tony Munroe (Reuters) - South Korea on Thursday confirmed that a man who died a day earlier had been infected with Middle East R...

5 More Cases Of MERS Confirmed In South Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2015 | World

SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) - South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early...

Secrecy Surrounding MERS Outbreak Fuels Fear, Confusion In South Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By Ju-min Park and Sohee Kim SEOUL, June 2 (Reuters) - Fear and confusion mounted in South Korea over news of the first two deaths fro...

South Korea Isolates Almost 700 People In Struggle To Contain MERS Outbreak

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

By Jack Kim SEOUL, June 1 (Reuters) - South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Monday as h...

What Do Bridges and Public Health Have in Common?

Brian Castrucci | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.