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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Update on MERS CoV in Saudi Arabia, 7 November 2017 (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Futuristic Scenario for Public Health Risk Communicators
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 10/23/2017 This 89-page document is a self-guided hypothetical exercise scenario for public health communicators and risk communication researchers eager to deepen their understanding of the communication dilemmas that could arise when medical countermeasures are developed and distributed during a pandemic. The SPARS Scenario features an outbreak of the novel SPARS coronavirus first identified in a major U.S. city in 2025. In the United States, an existing drug is repurposed to treat SPARS symptoms while federal regulators work with a pharmaceutical company to fast-track the produc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 31 August and 26 September 2017, the national IHR focal point of Saudi Arabia reported nine additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including four deaths. In addition, four deaths from previously reported cases were reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 23 August 2017, the national IHR focal point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
On 30 August 2017, the national IHR focal point of Oman reported one case of Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The last report of MERS-CoV from Oman was on 29 November 2016. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 13 and 30 August 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including one death and, and one death from a previously reported case. Detailed information concerning the cases reported can be found in a separate document (see link below). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 29 July 2017, the national IHR focal point of the United Arab Emirates reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 4 July and 12 August 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 26 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including six deaths, and two deaths among previously reported cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 24 June and 3 July 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported three additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, and two deaths among previously reported cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Lebanon
On 19 June 2017, the national IHR focal point of Lebanon reported one additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Experimental drug shows promise against dangerous viruses
An experimental antiviral drug is effective against a number of coronaviruses, including some that can cause deadly epidemics, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses
Medicine worked in lab tests against germs that cause SARS and MERS infections Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Coronavirus Infections, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 -- An experimental antiviral drug is effective against a number of coronaviruses, including some that can cause deadly epidemics, researchers say. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that infect birds and mammals,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Antiviral gets the jump on coronaviruses
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - June 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Pujanandez, L. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 16 and 23 June 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported seven additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths, and four deaths among previously reported cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Antiviral inhibits epidemic SARS, MERS and animal coronaviruses
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) A new antiviral drug candidate inhibits a broad range of coronaviruses, including the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, a multi-institutional team of investigators reports this week in Science Translational Medicine. The findings support further development of the drug candidate for treating and preventing current coronavirus infections and potential future epidemic outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 11 and 15 June 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 14 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including one fatal case among previously reported cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 1 and 10 June 2017 the national IHR focal point of Saudi Arabia reported 35 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including three fatal cases and one death among previously reported cases (case number 5 in the Disease Outbreak News published on 6 June 2017). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Bats are the major reservoir of coronaviruses worldwide
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Results of a five-year study in 20 countries on three continents have found that bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses (CoV), the family of viruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). PREDICT is a USAID-funded globally coordinated effort to detect and discover viruses of pandemic potential and reduce risk for future epidemics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar
Between 21 April and 29 May 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 25 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including six fatal cases. On 16 May 2017, the IHR NFP of the United Arab Emirates reported two (2) additional case of MERS-CoV. On 23 May 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of Qatar reported one additional case of MERS-CoV. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2017: Current Infectious Disease Challenges
National Institutes of Health. 05/16/2017 This one-hour, 25-minute presentation discusses infectious disease challenges in 2017: established infectious diseases, newly emerging diseases, and re-emerging diseases. It provides examples of established infectious diseases of global health importance, and global examples of newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including chikungunya, dengue, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It includes a detailed discussion of the Zika virus, yellow fever, Ebola, and pandemic influenza. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

2017 Annual Review of Diseases Prioritized Under the Research and Development Blueprint
World Health Organization. 04/03/2017 This 16-page document summarizes a meeting held on January 24-25, 2017, to review the list of priority diseases for the World Health Organization Research and Development (R&D) Blueprint. The R&D Blueprint focuses on severe emerging diseases with potential to generate a public health emergency, and for which insufficient or no preventive and curative solutions exist. The 2017 annual review determined there was an urgent need for research and development for nine diseases, including Filoviral diseases (including Ebola and Marburg); Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (M...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS ‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases in humans, ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: mers cov [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
(MERS-CoV) in the U.S. (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - May 4, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia and Qatar
Between 18 March and 20 April 2017 the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 13 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two fatal cases. On 18 April 2017 the national IHR Focal Point of Qatar reported one additional case of MERS. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
Between 9 and 11 April 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

MERS Causes New Saudi Hospital Outbreak - WHO MERS Causes New Saudi Hospital Outbreak - WHO
Ten people have caught the MERS coronavirus after an outbreak in a haemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, without giving details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

MERS-like coronavirus identified in Ugandan bat
A novel coronavirus has been identified in a bat from Uganda that is similar to the one causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in people, giving further credence to the theory that such viruses originate in bats. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Qatar
On 21 March 2017 the national IHR focal point of Qatar reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

MERS-like coronavirus identified in Ugandan bat
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A team of researchers in the United States and Uganda has identified a novel coronavirus in a bat from Uganda that is similar to the one causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in people, giving further credence to the theory that such viruses originate in bats. The work was described this week in mBio ® , an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 23 February and 16 March 2017 the national IHR focal point of Saudi Arabia reported 18 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two fatal cases. Four deaths among previously reported MERS cases were also reported (case numbers 1, 4, 5 and 7 in the Disease Outbreak News published on 10 March 2017). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Experimental MERS Treatments Target Host Cell Receptor
Researchers are searching for ways to prevent the coronavirus from attaching to DPP-4 receptors, blocking it from invading and replicating within host cells. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 30, 2017 Category: Science Tags: News Analysis, News & Opinion Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 6 and 21 February 2017 the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported twelve (12) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including three (3) fatal cases. Four (4) deaths among previously reported MERS cases were also reported (case numbers 1, 2, 4 and 6 in the Disease Outbreak News published on 10 February 2017). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

SARS and MERS: What ’s Next?
It may be difficult to remember now, but when SARS was first recognized in February 2003, people were scared. This heretofore unknown disease was killing people —nearly 10 percent of those infected with what came to be recognized as the SARS-associated coronavirus. Before the end of the year, cases were reported in 29 countries. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 10 January and 3 February 2017 the National International Health Regulations Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported seventeen (17) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including four (4) fatal cases. Three (3) deaths among previously reported MERS cases (case no. 1 and 2 in DON published on 26 January 2017 and case no. 6 in DON published on 17 January 2017) were also reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Report of the Exploratory Meeting of Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN) Venice, 3-4 December 2015
World Health Organization. 04/04/2016 This 17-page report summarizes an exploratory meeting that was designed to strengthen the Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN) by assembling stakeholders engaged in clinical care and research on emerging infectious diseases, especially during epidemics. Participants discussed topics that included Ebola virus disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and clinical training for emerging and infectious diseases. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

List of Pathogens
World Health Organization. 01/26/2017 This Web page provides a List of Priority Diseases 2017, which include Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and Zika virus. It also provides a list of diseases to be urgently addressed under the World Health Organization R&D Blueprint, as of May 2016, and serious diseases necessitating further action as soon as possible, as of May 2016. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

This Is When You're Most Likely To Catch The Flu
If you’re wondering when you might get the flu, a new study indicates you should keep an eye on your local weather report. According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Virology, a season’s first cold snap below 37 degrees Fahrenheit (or zero degrees Celsius, as defined in the study) preceded a mass spread of the flu in Gothenberg, a large metropolitan area of Sweden. The researchers suggest that if you keep your eye on the weather and watch for the first major dip in the temperature, you can essentially mark your calendar in anticipation for an influx of the illness.  “We believe that t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 2 and 7 January 2017 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine (9) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two (2) fatal cases. Two (2) deaths among previously reported MERS cases (cases no. 7 and 8 in DON published on 17 January 2017) were also reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

World leaders donate $500m to fast-track three vaccines
Bill Gates has joined the governments of Germany, Norway, and Japan in donating $460 million to make vaccines for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Lassa and Nipah viruses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Is Exactly When You're More Likely To Catch The Flu
By Amanda MacMillan Cases of flu are on the rise, according to a recent statement from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and experts are warning that this year’s flu season will be worse than last. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Virology is shedding some light on exactly how cold weather and the spread of viruses are linked. It turns out, seasonal flu outbreaks first appear each year about a week after the winter’s first cold spell — or at least that’s what happened in Sweden, over the course of three years when researchers tracked weather...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 16 and 31 December 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported fifteen (15) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two (2) fatal cases. Five (5) deaths among previously reported MERS cases were also reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

R & D (Research and Development) Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics: Funding and Coordination Models for Preparedness and Response
World Health Organization. 05/2016 This 34-page document discusses how new and innovative funding models are needed to more sustainably fund research and development (R&D) for emergency response and preparedness. It presents options on how to ensure that the required research activities are financed and take place in the most efficient way, involving all necessary stakeholders. It explores possible ways to make more efficient use of existing funding through better coordination, using the experience from the pilot project on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the development of malaria vaccines....
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 6 and 13 December 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported ten (10) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two (2) fatal cases. Three (3) deaths among previously reported MERS cases were also reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 19, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 27 November and 5 December 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported twelve (12) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Two (2) deaths among previously reported MERS cases were also reported. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 19, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Risk Factors for MERS-CoV Infection in Healthcare Personnel Risk Factors for MERS-CoV Infection in Healthcare Personnel
What steps could healthcare personnel take to help prevent the transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
On 29 November 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman reported one (1) additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 12 and 27 November 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine (9) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including one fatal case. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 5, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news