Here ’s How to Tell if You Have a Cold or the Flu
Your nose is dripping like a leaky faucet, your throat is sore and you can’t stop sneezing. You don’t have a fever, but you feel wiped out—like you could curl up on the floor and fall asleep. Do you have a cold or the flu? If you guessed cold, you’re probably right. But experts say that differentiating the common cold (an upper respiratory infection) from the flu (influenza) can be trickier than most people assume. “There is huge overlap among non-influenza viruses and the symptoms produced by influenza and other bugs,” says Dr. Bruce Barrett, a professor of family medicine and community...
Source: TIME: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
From 1 June through 16 September 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 32 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including 10 deaths. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection – Republic of Korea
On 8 September 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point (NFP) of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of a laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
On 22 August 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland notified WHO about a laboratory-confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The patient is a resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who was visiting the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

NIH study shows how MERS coronavirus evolves to infect different species
Evidence suggests that MERS and SARS originated in bats. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIH study shows how MERS Coronavirus evolves to infect different species
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) New research published in Cell Reports from scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows how MERS-CoV can adapt to infect cells of a new species, which suggests that other coronaviruses might be able to do the same. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS may be brought back to the UK by Muslims heading to Mecca
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, known as MERS, is rife in Saudi Arabia, home of the holy Islamic city. The virus is considered one of the 10 most urgent threats to humanity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIAID dcientists create 3D structure of 1918 influenza virus-like particles
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Virus-like particles (VLPs) are protein-based structures that mimic viruses and bind to antibodies. Because VLPs aren't infectious, they show promise as vaccine platforms for many viral diseases, including influenza. Since details about influenza VLPs are scant, a team of researchers developed a 3D model based on the 1918 H1 pandemic influenza virus. The research, conducted by NIAID scientists, could benefit VLP vaccine projects, targeting a range of viruses from HIV to Ebola and SARS coronavirus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Disease news outbreak for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
Disease news outbreak for mers in uae. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Experimental MERS treatments enter clinical trial
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Enrollment has begun in an early-stage clinical trial testing the safety of two human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) designed to treat people infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The trial is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of NIH, and is funded in part by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department Health and Human Services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Science explains why we are more vulnerable to getting sick when the seasons change
(Natural News) People are more vulnerable to getting sick when seasons change, especially during spring and fall, and experts may now know why. According to research, it’s not the cold air that makes people sick; rather, it’s the virus. Rhinoviruses and coronaviruses, the two main causes of the common cold, can multiply quickly when the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acute Public Health Events Assessed by WHO Regional Offices for Africa, the Americas and Europe Under the International Health Regulations (2005): 2016 Report
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. 11/2017 This 29-page report summarizes public health events detected, verified, assessed, and reported in three World Health Organization (WHO) Regions - Africa, the Americas, and Europe - from 2001 to 2016, with a focus on 2016. From 2001 to 2016, 5,472 events were recorded in the WHO Event Management System (EMS), 373 of which were recorded in 2016. Most of these events were of infectious origin, including large yellow fever outbreaks; continuation of the Ebola and Zika virus disease outbreaks, including imported Zika congenital syndrome cases; sequelae of civil conf...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers Discover Deadly New Pig Virus That Could Spread to Humans
(KDKA/CBS Local) – Researchers say they have identified a new pig virus that could be a threat to humans. The virus was found to easily make its way into laboratory-cultured cells of humans and other species, a discovery that raises concerns about potential outbreaks in people. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands collaborated to better understand the new virus identified as porcine deltacoronavirus. Their study appears online in the journal PNAS. Scientists say the virus was first discovered in pigs in China in 2012. It was first detected in the United States in 201...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV talkers Source Type: news

New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine
Identified in same region, from same bats, as SARS coronavirus. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - April 4, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in 2016-17 in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002 in the same bat species. The new virus, called swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV), doesn't appear to infect people, unlike SARS-CoV. The NIAID-funded work was a collaboration among scientists from EcoHealth Alliance, Duke-NUS Medical School, Wuhan Institute of Virology and other organizations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
Disease news outbreak for MERS_CoV in Oman. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

2018 Annual Review of the Blueprint List of Priority Diseases
World Health Organization. 02/08/2018 This Web page provides the 2018 List of Priority Diseases, which include Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease, Lassa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Zika virus. Experts consider that given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development for these diseases. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 10, 2018 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 9 December 2017 and 17 January 2018, the National IHR Focal Point of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported 20 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including eight deaths. In addition, one death from a previously reported case was reported to WHO. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

MERS antibodies produced in cattle safe, treatment well tolerated in Phase 1 trial
Since 2012, the MERS coronavirus has spread to 27 countries and sickened more than 2,000 people (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 9, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

MERS antibodies produced in cattle safe, treatment well tolerated in phase 1 trial
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) An experimental treatment developed from cattle plasma for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection shows broad potential, according to a small clinical trial led by National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues. The treatment, SAB-301, was safe and well tolerated by healthy volunteers, with only minor reactions documented. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Malaysia
Disease News Outbreak on Middle East coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Malaysia. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 11 December 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection. Detailed information concerning the case reported, a 39-year-old male residing in Hemma Region, Oman can be found in a separate document (see link below). The case is currently asymptomatic, is in home isolation in Oman, and is being monitored for the development of symptoms. 

 (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Disease outbreak news for MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Common cold viruses reveal one of their strengths
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Why don't we ever develop immunity against the common cold? The incredible variability of coronaviruses is better understood with this study about the ways in which coronaviruses adapt and evolve, becoming ever more effective at infecting hosts without being defeated by the immune system. The receptor binding domain (RBD) of coronavirus S-protein displays three highly variable extended loops that modulate the affinity to both the receptor on a target cell and the neutralizing antibodies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
Disease Outbreak News for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Oman (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

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