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US reports third case of MERS virus

Washington: A third case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus infection has been found in the US, the country's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Saturday.The patient is an Illinois

IANS [ Updated: May 18, 2014 11:54 IST ]
us reports third case of mers virus
us reports third case of mers virus

Washington: A third case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus infection has been found in the US, the country's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Saturday.


The patient is an Illinois man who had close contact with the country's first confirmed case of MERS virus infection in Indiana and "probably got the virus from the Indiana patient", Xinhua quoted the CDC as saying in a statement.

The Illinois resident "did not seek or require medical care" and "is reported to be feeling well" but as part of the MERS virus infection follow-up investigation of the first case, local health officials have monitored his health daily since May 3.

It said that the Illinois resident, who has no recent history of travel outside the US, met with the Indiana patient on two occasions shortly before the latter was identified as having had MERS virus infection.

The Illinois man tested positive for the MERS virus Friday night.

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