CDC confirms second U.S. case of MERS

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 14, 2014

The CDC has confirmed the second American case of a mysterious respiratory virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Florida, reports The Chicago Tribune.
 
The report said the patient is a healthcare workerwho had flown from Saudi Arabia to London and then on to Boston, Atlanta and finally Orlando. More than 500 passengers on the U.S. flights have been contacted and asked to watch for MERS symptoms, though officials say there is little chance that they contacted the virus.
 
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.