Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

Current issue: July 2016

Volume 22, issue 7, July 2016


Influenza in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: identifying the unknowns for detection and control of epidemic and pandemic threats
Mamunur Malik, Jaouad Mahjour, Wasiq Khan and Ala Alwan

Guest Editorial

Research agenda on persistent and unpredictable threat of influenza and emerging respiratory infections: a public health necessity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Ahmed Mandil, Joseph Bresee, Mohamed Awad Tageldin, Talat Mokhtari Azad and Wasiq Khan

Research articles 

Estimation of influenza and severe acute respiratory illness incidence (burden) in three provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2012 and 2013
M.M. Gouya, F. Rezaei, A.A. Haghdoost, M. Nabavi, K.S. Farahi, E. Mostafavi, T. Mokhtari Azad, H. Akbari, M. Soroush, H. Riazi, E. Bitaraf, M.N. Dadras, H. Barati, H. Shakoori, J. Bathaei, M. Rezvani and P. Hemmati

Characteristics of severe acute respiratory infection-associated hospitalization in Yemen, 2014–2015
A.A.K. Thabet, A. Al-Kohani, A. Shadoul, A. Al-Mahaqri, M. bin Yahya, A.H. Saleh, D. Al-Adeemy, W. Khan and M. Malik

Contribution of laboratories in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to the selection of candidate seasonal influenza vaccine, 2010–2015
H. Asghar, H.M. Browne, J. McCauley, M. Malik and W. Khan

Detection of influenza B viruses with reduced sensitivity to neuraminidase inhibitor in Morocco during 2014–2015 season
F. Elfalki, H. Ihazmad, A. Bimouhen, Z. Regragui, S. Benkaroum, Y. Bakri and A. Barakat

Modelling of seasonal influenza and estimation of the burden in Tunisia
S. Chlif, W. Aissi and A. Ben Salah

An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) due to coronavirus in Al-Ahssa Region, Saudi Arabia, 2015
H.E. El Bushra, M.N. Abdalla, H. Al Arbash, Z. Alshayeb, S. Al-Ali, Z. Al-Abdel Latif, H Al-Bahkit, O. Abdalla, M. Mohammed, H. Al-Abdely, M. Chahed, A.L. Lohiniva, and A. Bin Saeed

Capacity of the national influenza surveillance system in Afghanistan, a chronic conflict setting
M.H. Rasooly, M.N. Sahak, K.I. Saeed, S.K. Krishnan, W. Khan and S. Hassounah

Circulation of Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Morocco during 2014-2016 Findings from a sentinel-based virological surveillance system
A. Bimouhen, F. El Falaki, H. Ihazmad, Z. Regragui, S. Benkerroum and A. Barakat

Molecular epidemiology and evolution of A(H1N1)pdm09 and H3N2 viruses in Jordan, 2011−2013
R. El Shesheny, N.B. Halasa, J.V. Williams, A.A. Shehabi, S. Faouri, G. Kayali and N.Khuri-Bulos

Incidence of influenza virus-associated severe acute respiratory infection in Damanhour district, Egypt, 2013
S. Refaey, M. Hassan, A. Mansour and A. Kandeel


Burden of acute respiratory disease of epidemic and pandemic potential in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: A literature review
A. Abubakar, M. Malik, R.G. Pebody, A.A. Elkholy, W. Khan, A. Bellos and P. Mala

Influenza virus positivity and circulating subtypes among cases of influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infection, Egypt, 2012–2015
S. Refaey, M. Amin, M. Labib and A. Kandeel

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus: current knowledge and future considerations
M. Malik, A.A. Elkholy, W. Khan, S. Hassounah, A. Abubakar, N. Tran Minh and P. Mala

Short communications

Characterization of influenza outbreaks in Lebanon during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons
R. Saito, H. Akinobu, R. A. Shaker, I. S. Akel, A. Assaf-Casals, M. Lteif, T. Odagiri, R. Inaba, N. Soudani, S. Khafaja, S. T. Ghanem, M. Rajab, Y. Shobugawa, G. S. Dbaibo, H. Zaraket

The H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: lessons learnt and future strategy
Z. Haq M. Malik and W. Khan

Active surveillance of avian influenza viruses in Egyptian poultry
A.S. Kayed, A. Kandeil, R. El Shesheny, M.A. Ali and G. Kayali


A new paradigm in global health security
A. Huvos and W. Khan

WHO events addressing public health priorities 

Enhancing influenza surveillance in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Eastern Mediterranean Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance (EMARIS) network – third inter-country meeting


Dr Zuhair Hallaj, 1941–2016

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