First MERS case found in the U.S.

First MERS case found in the U.S.

Patient in Indiana with new respiratory disease had traveled from Saudi Arabia

By Tina Hesman Saey, 17:23 PM May 2, 2014

A health care worker who traveled from Saudi Arabia to the United States has contracted the MERS coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced May 2. The virus is a relative of SARS and causes respiratory infections including a severe pneumonia known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

The virus is inefficient at spreading among people, says Vincent Munster, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Hamilton, Mont. “The averag...

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