Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Editor's Note #18: VDU on MERS in the media..

Many thanks to Andre Berro, MPH, CPH, SCPM, Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for pointing out, on LinkedIn, that VDU got some media mentions of late. 

These follow on from a Twitter interview on the weekend with the Wall Street Journal's Ellen Knickmeyer. She and Ahmed Al Omran published an article: Deadly Virus's Spread Raises Alarms in Mideast Saudis Defend Approach to MERS Outbreak, Even as Cases Increase.[1] Part of the article was also quoted in a WebProNews articleMERS Virus Surge Seen in the Middle East [2] and in a story augmented with a VDU chart (Woo-Hoo!) in a Doha News articleAmid regional surge of MERS, official says no new incidences in Qatar.[3]

While missing from 2 of the articles, I will note here that I'm actually a virologist - despite all these charts I keep posting, and that those 3 articles should all be considered to list my affiliation with the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (AIDRC) at The University of Queensland. The AIDRC have been very kind in allowing me to affiliate my professional academic and educational comments to the media, conducted on my personal time, to their Centre of which I am a grateful member. But to be very clear though, this blog, also managed on my personal time, is separate from those comments. This is a thing of my own construction, curation and opinion (using real data available to all) and is not affiliated with The University of Queensland or any other Inquisition or Organisation. 

Thanks to all involved.

Sources...
  1. Deadly Virus's Spread Raises Alarms in Mideast: Saudis Defend Approach to MERS Outbreak, Even as Cases Increase
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579499831393801054
    Full article ...
    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140413-701881.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
  2. MERS Virus Surge Seen in the Middle East
    http://www.webpronews.com/mers-virus-surge-seen-in-the-middle-east-2014-04
  3. Amid regional surge of MERS, official says no new incidences in Qatar
    http://dohanews.co/amid-regional-surge-mers-official-says-new-incidences-qatar/