News & Perspective

Sep 24, 2012

Sep 24, 2012

New coronavirus linked to two severe illnesses

(CIDRAP News) – Reports of a novel coronavirus linked to two severe illnesses with Saudi Arabian connections put the public health world on alert yesterday and conjured up memories of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), a coronavirus infection that killed close to 800 people in 2002 and 2003.

Dec 03, 2012

Dec 03, 2012

Jordan calls novel coronavirus cases isolated

(CIDRAP News) – Following the recent retrospective confirmation of two fatal infections with a novel coronavirus (CoV) in Jordan, the Jordanian health ministry said no more such cases have surfaced in the country since April, according to media reports.

May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Evidence for close-contact spread of coronavirus grows

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said the growing number of clusters of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases offers increasing evidence that the virus can spread between people in close contact, as France confirmed the infection in a patient who shared a hospital room with the country's first case-patient.

May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Saudi Arabia assigns more labs to coronavirus probe

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabia has dedicated more labs to investigating novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in the country, while the condition of an nCoV patient in France has worsened, according to news media reports today.

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

Limits on use of samples said to delay MERS-CoV efforts

(CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) officials and others at the World Health Assembly (WHA) complained today that restrictions on the use of virus samples are delaying the investigation of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to news service reports.

Aug 26, 2013

Aug 26, 2013

News Scan for Aug 26, 2013

MERS case in Qatar
Florida's dengue cases
Staph outbreak at Canadian fair

Oct 01, 2013

Oct 01, 2013

News Scan for Oct 01, 2013

More Saudi MERS cases
Boston BSL-4 lab clears hurdle
Colorado TB investigation
Hepatitis C screening
Polio in South Sudan

Dec 09, 2013

Dec 09, 2013

News Scan for Dec 09, 2013

Mideast polio vaccination
Chikungunya on St. Martin
Meningitis B vaccine
Quadrivalent flu vaccine
Leafy-greens standards
Saudi MERS patients

Jan 29, 2014

Jan 29, 2014
Riyadh map

Saudi Arabia reports fatal MERS case

A 60-year-old man has died in Riyadh of MERS-CoV, and a report details a MERS-related stillbirth case.

Feb 07, 2014

Feb 07, 2014

News Scan for Feb 07, 2014

MERS case in UAE
Canadian H5N1 gene analysis
N95 respirators and bacterial infections
2014 ACIP recommendations

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