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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh Sets-up 3 Centers to Deal with MERS Outbreak


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has set up 3 centres to treat and isolate patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as the number of infected cases climbed to 323. The facilities are located at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah, and Dammam Medical Complex in the Eastern Province, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on April 26 Saturday, citing acting Health Minister Adel Faqih. More centres will be opened in other parts of the country.
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Saudi Arabia: CDC Resurrects Decade Old SARS Handbook to Deal with MERS


On May 18 Sunday the Centers for Disease Control announced that they would be using their handbook on SARS, the deadly virus outbreak that took place in 2003, to figure out how to deal with the growing death toll from MERS. MERS, which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome, was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and since has been responsible for 173 deaths, with three identified cases in the United States. Officials believe the virus originated from camels, which carry a strain of the disease in their blood. Human to human infection is low, although there is a risk a more contagious strand could mutate.
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Saudi Arabia: Creighton University, Saudi University Forge EMS Partnership


Creighton University will welcome a group of emergency medical services students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this fall.In a partnership with King Saud University, Creighton will provide a 10-month internship for 24 students in the Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services.\r\nAfter 3 years of planning, the students will arrive at the beginning of October. The students will fulfil internship requirements to receive their Bachelor of Science in emergency medical services degrees. Creighton’s emergency medical services program will provide the students with clinical experience and in-field paramedic training.
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Saudi Arabia: WHO to Convene Emergency Meeting on Ebola Outbreak


The World Health Organization will convene a 2-day meeting of its emergency committee starting August 06.\r\nA spokesman for the UN health agency said the main focus for the experts taking part will be the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and whether it constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.If they determine it does, the committee will recommend that the director-general of the WHO declare it as such and that temporary measures are put in place to keep the virus from spreading internationally. More than 1600 have been infected in the current outbreak and the death toll stands at 887.\r\n \r\n 
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Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia to Ensure Ebola-Free Haj


Health Ministry issues advisory against travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and New Guinea. Pilgrims arriving from different countries are being monitored for the Ebola virus at the airports.This was stated by a senior official from the Ministry of Health.\r\n\"We are checking pilgrims coming on airlines from West and Central Africa, and also from other countries, since pilgrims could have been on transit in the endemic countries and can potentially be carriers of the virus,\" said Sami Badawood, director general of the Directorate of Health Affairs in Jeddah as quoted by Arab News.
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