CDC: Third U.S. case of Middle East virus confirmed

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 21, 2014

The CDC has confirmed the third American case of a mysterious respiratory virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Illinois, reports The Chicago Sun-Times.
 
According to the report, the CDC says the latest case is a man who had contact with another Middle Eastern healthcare worker who was the first diagnosed case on May 2. That man had flown into Chicago and fell ill with symptoms in Indiana.
 
The latest case follows a second case that was confirmed in Florida last week. That man had flown from Saudi Arabia to London and then on to Boston, Atlanta and finally Orlando. The latest case in Illinois is said to be a man who had casual contact twice with the first case, and that the man did not do any traveling outside the U.S. The report indicated the man is currently feeling well.
 
Reports have pinpointed Saudi Arabia has been the center of an outbreak of MERS that began about two years ago. At least 400 people have had the respiratory illness, which is part of the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and SARS. More than 100 people have died, and all have had ties to the Middle East or to people who traveled there. The illness has been linked to camels, and officials don’t yet know how it is spreading to humans.