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MERS marks first U.S. case in Indiana

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 2, 2014

The viral respiratory illness known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has one confirmed patient in Indiana, marking the first known case of the sickness in the U.S. The infected patient, an American man, was recently providing health care to patients in Saudi Arabia.

"The coronavirus, known as MERS-CoV, was first reported in the Middle East -- specifically, the Arabian Peninsula -- in 2012," reports CNN. "Laboratory testing has confirmed 262 cases of the coronavirus in 12 countries, including the Indiana case . . . Ninety-three people have died.'"

An Indiana hospital is administrating oxygen support to the unidentified patient, who iis currently in isolation in stable condition. "The person . . . traveled on April 24 from Riyadh to London, then to Chicago, and took a bus to Indiana," reports CNN.

CNN quotes one U.S. public health service official saying, "The virus poses a 'very low risk to the broader general public . . . as it has not been shown to spread easily from person to person.'"

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.