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Monday, December 3, 2012
Excerpts: Jordan cooperates with WHO. Understanding among religions December 03, 2012

Excerpts: Jordan cooperates with WHO. Understanding among religions December
03, 2012

+++SOURCE: Jordan Times 3 Dec.’12:”Nationwide campaign planned to detect
potential cases of novel coronavirus”,by Khetam Malkawi |
SUBJECT: Jordan cooperates with WHO tracking new virus
QUOTE: “A team of World Health Organization experts is currently in Jordan
to assist”
EXCERPTS:AMMAN — The Ministry of Health will launch a nationwide monitoring
campaign for the detection of any potential cases of novel coronavirus,
Health Minister Abdul Latif Wreikat said on Sunday[2 Dec.].
Following the confirmation of the novel coronavirus in two Jordanians who
died in April, the ministry, in cooperation with the World Health
Organisation (WHO), will keep an eye on cases of acute respiratory diseases
and test them for the virus, Wreikat added.
A team of WHO experts is currently in Jordan to assist in further
epidemiological surveillance and to strengthen the sentinel surveillance
system for severe acute respiratory infections.
In a sentinel surveillance system, a designated group of reporting sources —
hospitals, agencies — agrees to report all cases of one or more notifiable
conditions.
Wreikat explained that the delayed confirmation of the disease in the deaths
registered in April is due to the unavailability of the “reagents” used to
diagnose this virus.
A reagent is a substance used for the detection or determination of another
substance by chemical or microscopic means.
. . .
In October 2012, after the discovery of the novel coronavirus, the ministry
sent stored samples to NAMRU-3 and in November, the centre provided
laboratory results that confirmed two cases of infection with the novel
coronavirus, the WHO website said.
According to WHO representative in Jordan Akram Eltom, the novel coronavirus
has now been confirmed in nine people in three countries in the Middle East:
Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
He told reporters that the disease does not spread quickly and its symptoms
are similar to respiratory illnesses and include fever, coughing, shortness
of breath and breathing difficulties.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which are known to cause illness
in humans and animals.
This novel strain has never been previously detected in humans or animals,
according to the WHO.
“Based on current information, it does not appear to transmit easily between
people, unlike the SARS virus,” the WHO said.
The new virus shares some of the symptoms of SARS, or Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome, which emerged in China in 2002, spread easily among
people and killed around a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide.
. . .

+++SOURCE: Jordan Times 3 Dec.’12: “ Jordan to remain a model of interfaith
harmony—King

Source: Jordan Times 3 Dec.’12:”Jordan to remain a model of interfaith
harmony –King”

SUBJECT: understanding among religions

QUOTE: (Jordan’s King) called for spreading the values of tolerance as the
foundation of dialogue and understanding among followers of various
religions”

EXCERPTS:AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday[1 Dec.] called for
spreading the values of tolerance as the foundation of dialogue and
understanding among followers of various religions.

During a meeting with Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy
Sepulchre of Jerusalem Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien, the King stressed
that Jordan will remain a model of interfaith harmony and in maximising
common denominators among different religions, according to a Royal Court
statement.

. . .

The cardinal also voiced his appreciation of King Abdullah’s support for
dialogue and for enhancing common values among various religions and
cultures.

He commended the Monarch’s efforts to achieve peace and stability in the
region and Jordan’s role in promoting tolerance and coexistence between
followers of Islam and Christianity

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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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