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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