Second Confirmed MERS Case in U.S.

    The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). A healthcare worker who had traveled to Saudi Arabia was confirmed as the first U.S. case of MERS, an often fatal illness, raising new concerns about the rapid spread of such diseases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.  REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3NLO5

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that the U.S. has its second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). CDC officials are working with the Florida Department of Health to investigate the circumstances surrounding the contraction of the virus. Like the first U.S. case, reported this month in Indiana, the victim had traveled to Saudi Arabia. On Friday, that first patient was released from the hospital to home isolation. It is unclear exactly how MERS is transmitted, but so far there have been 536 cases in 17 countries resulting in 145 deaths.

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