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By Region: Middle East

Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

Reuters: At least 4,877 people have died in the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much.

Obama: U.S. military to provide equipment, resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa

TheWashingtonPost: President Obama said Sunday that the U.S. military will begin aiding what has been a chaotic and ineffective response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, arguing that it represents a serious national security concern. The move significantly ramps up the U.S. response and comes as the already strained military is likely to be called upon further  Read More »

U.S. Completes Destruction of Sarin Precursors from Syria on the Cape Ray

(Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralisation technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Read More »

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

(WHO) On 14 March 2014, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia announced an additional five laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 196 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 83 deaths.

Saudi Arabian Camels Carry MERS Coronavirus

(Global Biodefense) An estimated three-quarters of camels recently surveyed in Saudi Arabia have evidence of infection with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the virus responsible for human cases of MERS. Results of the new study establish for the first time that direct camel-to-human transmission is possible and provide a pathway to control the  Read More »