Jason Beaubien http://wyso.org en Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus http://wyso.org/post/why-us-worried-about-deadly-middle-eastern-virus The latest medical acronym to fear is MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The virus has killed 83 p<strong></strong>eople in the Arabian Gulf since first emerging in 2012 and now looks as if it could pose a global threat.<p>This week, the number of new cases rose at a rate that causes concern, the World Health Organization said in a <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_04_23_mers/en/">statement</a>.<strong> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 49028 at http://wyso.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving http://wyso.org/post/sharp-rise-mers-cases-may-mean-virus-evolving There's growing concern that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may have entered a new phase in the way it's spreading in Saudi Arabia.<p>The country has reported a sharp uptick in <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html">MERS</a> cases over the past week. Since the deadly respiratory virus was first detected in September 2012, a total of 244 cases have been found in Saudi Arabia. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:38:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 48851 at http://wyso.org Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://wyso.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>In Central Africa, there are new fears that polio is on the move. Polio cases in Cameroon have spread to the tiny country of Equatorial Guinea, and there's concern it could spread even further in the region. Significant progress against polio has been made in much of the world this year. But global efforts to eradicate the virus could face a setback if polio gets a foothold in central Africa. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 48744 at http://wyso.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://wyso.org/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 48635 at http://wyso.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://wyso.org/post/global-aid-health-hits-record-high-though-total-aid-dipping International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.<p>Donors from wealthy nations, aid groups, U.N. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 48194 at http://wyso.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift