First U.S.-Transmitted MERS Case

    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


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that a third person had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. An Illinois man apparently contracted it from the MERS patient in Indiana, making it the first case transmitted in the U.S.. His test for MERS on May 5 came back negative, but the most recent results show that he has already been infected with the virus. However, he is reportedly feeling well and has shown no symptoms. Health officials suspect that the man developed antibodies that fought off the MERS virus. Despite this mild response to the lethal virus, the CDC is still warning people to be vigilante about MERS. “This latest development does not change CDC’s current recommendations to prevent the spread of MERS. It’s possible that as the investigation continues others may also test positive for MERS-CoV infection but not get sick,” said David Swerdlow, head of the CDC’s MERS response team.

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