News & Perspective

Sep 06, 2013

Sep 06, 2013
Monastir, Tunisia

Saudi Arabia reports 4 more MERS cases, 2 fatal

Four more MERS cases, two fatal, were reported today  in Saudi Arabia.

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Italy resident has MERS after trip to Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Italy announced its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case today, in a man who recently spent time in Jordan, site of the first known MERS illnesses, according to media reports.

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.

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

New MERS-CoV case reported as puzzles persist

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabia reported today that a foreigner died yesterday of a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection, while health officials in Jordan offered new details—some of them puzzling—about a hospital cluster of cases that occurred there in April 2012.

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

WHO expert concerned guest workers could spread coronavirus

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) expert has expressed concern that guest workers in the Middle East could carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to India and the Philippines, according to a media report, while a few more details emerged about three Tunisian cases reported yesterday.

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Coronavirus cases, deaths reported in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

(CIDRAP News) – A media report today said the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has reached Tunisia, killing one man and infecting two of his relatives, while Saudi Arabia has reported another death and a new case since May 17.

Mar 08, 2013

Mar 08, 2013

Study: Flu likes weather cold and dry or humid and rainy

(CIDRAP News) – If peak influenza activity is an accurate measure, flu viruses prefer the weather either cold and dry or humid and rainy, according to an analysis of climate variables and flu patterns around the world.