Director of National Intelligence Adds Zika to List of U.S. Security Threats

The annual security briefing delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has added the Zika virus to the list of infections diseases threatening the United States, on the same list as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola.


Deadly Respiratory Virus Hits South Korean Economic Growth

South Korea posted the worst quarterly economic growth figures in six years this week, having been hit by the spread of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Weak exports, severe drought and reduced tourism have all added to the


CDC: Ready for MERS Outbreak at Home

Despite Southeast Asian countries’s heightening fear over the recent MERS outbreak in South Korea, representatives for the Centers for Disease Control and Protection say that they believe the United States can effectively respond to MERS if it reaches American shores.


Thailand Confirms 1st MERS Case, South Korean PM Apologizes for Slow Response

Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) following travel warnings issued against South Korea by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, as that nation struggles to limit the number of cases of the deadly disease, which takes an estimated 40% of the lives it touches.

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MERS Hits Europe As German Man Dies of ‘Complications’

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is causing concern across Europe, with another victim reported to have passed away due to complications linked to the disease just hours ago. The German man becomes the first person in Germany to die of MERS or


CDC Issues Advisory to US Hospitals over South Korea MERS Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an official health advisory on Thursday in response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea. They urge all hospitals to prepare and familiarize employees with the disease.

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