MERS tallies grow in Jeddah and UAE

A Jeddah outbreak increased by 5 cases, while the WHO reports 10 recent cases in UAE health workers and Saudi Arabia seeks to reassure.

Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread

Dutch researchers say they've found five mutations that make H5N1 airborne transmissible in ferrets.

Nine Saudi MERS cases add to Jeddah outbreak; Yemen has first case

Saudi Arabia announces nine new MERS cases as Yemen reports its first.

Case numbers edge upward in West Africa Ebola outbreak

Guinea reports 10 more cases, bringing its total to 168, and Liberia reports 1 new case, for 26 total there.

MERS sickens UAE paramedics, Jordanian, more Saudis

All told, officials report 10 new MERS cases, 3 fatal.

Saudi Arabia confirms 3 new MERS cases

The patients are all from Jeddah; the WHO, meanwhile, confirmed 5 other cases.

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The Osterholm Quote

"We now have intentionally lowered the bar to the point . . . where we have made it possible for laboratories around the world to do this work," Canadian Press, Apr 10, 2014, on experiments that enable H5N1 to become more transmissible in mammals