CDC confirms first U.S. case of Middle East virus

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 7, 2014

Health officials with the CDC have confirmed the first American case of a mysterious respiratory virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS in Indiana, reports the Sumter Item of South Carolina.
 
According to the report, officials have traced the virus to a Saudi Arabian healthcare worker who traveled from Chicago into Indiana. The man apparently fell ill after arriving in the U.S. about a week ago.
 
The Item reported that 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.