Jason Beaubien http://wmub.org en Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving http://wmub.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 25764 at http://wmub.org Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://wmub.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 25666 at http://wmub.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://wmub.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 25581 at http://wmub.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://wmub.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 25211 at http://wmub.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs http://wmub.org/post/save-her-husbands-life-woman-fights-access-tb-drugs One year ago Pavel Rucsineanu was running out of options.<p>Drug-resistant tuberculosis was ravaging his lungs. And the disease had evolved into an incurable form, doctors said.<p>It's like an "infectious cancer," Dr. Tetru Alexandriuc <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/03/186072305/love-in-the-time-of-tb-a-young-family-fights-an-ancient-foe">said</a> at the time. "We have no other medicines" to treat Pavel, the doctor added. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 24433 at http://wmub.org To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs