Tuesday, May 13, 2014

US, Florida officials confirm second case of Mers

Washington: US health officials said on Monday a second case of Mers, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East in 2012, has been found in the state of Florida.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the virus, known formally as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, with health officials from Florida.
The CDC said in a statement it was the second “imported” instance of Mers, meaning a traveller contracted the virus in another country and brought it to US shores. The first such imported case involved a man who flew from Saudi Arabia and travelled to Indiana earlier this month.
The patient in that case, a US healthcare worker who lives and works in Saudi Arabia, flew from Riyadh to London and then Chicago, before boarding a bus to Highland, Indiana. He then began experiencing symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, and sought care at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana.

Source: Gulfnews.com

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