Second case of MERS confirmed in U.S.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) has been in the news lately, as the second case has been confirmed in the United States, this time in Florida. (The first case was confirmed in Indiana.) In both cases, the infected patients traveled to the United States from Saudi Arabia. The cases are not related, and both patients are expected to recover.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, May 9, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: A new study confirms that MERS can be transmitted from camels to humans; world’s first H5N6 bird flu death reported in China; the loss of large mammals can have serious health consequences for African savannas and the people and animals that depend on them; and much more.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, May 2, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: A new study suggests camels are almost certainly the source of the MERS virus; a decrease in large wildlife can lead to an increase in rodent-borne disease and risks to humans; the CDC says backyard chickens are linked to Salmonella outbreaks; and much more.

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Raising awareness of mosquito-borne diseases during Mosquito Week

Over at Mashable, Bill Gates (yep, that Bill Gates) wrote a post about the importance of recognizing the health risks posed by mosquitoes. These bugs might only be a summertime nuisance for a lot of us, but Gates writes that among the poor, mosquitoes can be deadly. They carry malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people a year, and other diseases, like dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. To raise awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, Gates is taking a page from Shark Week and holding Mosquito Week at his blog, GatesNotes, all this week.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, April 25, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: New research in tsetse flies raises hope for controlling disease in humans and livestock; a look at how dogs help humans stay healthy; research into disease transmission between humans and critically endangered gorillas; and much more.

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