US Gets First Case of Deadly MERS Virus
Traveler from Saudi Arabia is infected in Indiana hospital
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 4:06 PM CDT
This file photo provided by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a colorized transmission of the MERS virus.   (AP Photo/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases via The Canadian Press, File)

(Newser) – The CDC today is reporting an unwanted milestone—the first known case of a deadly virus known as MERS has shown up in the US, reports NBC News. The patient is an unidentified health care worker who traveled to the US from Saudi Arabia and is now being treated at an unnamed hospital somewhere in Indiana, reports the Indianapolis Star. Health officials say the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus doesn't spread easily, so those who might have come into casual contact with the traveler probably weren't exposed. It generally takes close, person-to-person contact, as with health care workers.

"In 2014, these new diseases are just a plane ride away," says the CDC's Anne Schuchat. “We have been preparing since 2012 for this eventuality.” MERS was first spotted in the Arabian Peninsula that year, and the World Health Organization has since confirmed 262 cases in 12 countries, reports CNN. Of those, 93 patients have died. The patient in Indiana flew from Riyadh to London to Chicago, then rode a bus to Indiana. He went to a hospital complaining of shortness of breath on April 28 and has been in treatment ever since. (As for where the disease originated, we can probably blame camels.)

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THZebra
May 3, 2014 11:03 AM CDT
This is incredible. We allow people to come into our country unchecked. (So many times they are allowed to sneak in). Bringing with them diseases we have eradicated here and, in this case, a disease that come from camels. CAMELS! Are you friggin' kidding me???!!! Years ago when someone came into the United States they were checked thoroughly. If they had a disease they would be turned away. But today that would be "politically incorrect". So we have decieded we would rather let politically correctness kill us that hurt somebody's feelings. Good God we are so damn stupid.
TwoSheds
May 3, 2014 3:20 AM CDT
The virus will die of boredom in Indiana
Liberalismiscancer
May 2, 2014 9:58 PM CDT
Looks like a picture of the sun taken over the top of mars..............Anyways, could you Libs please remove camels from the list of animals you feel it's ok to have sex with before we have to add the MERS epidemic to the twin epidemics of "Total Taxpayer Dependency Syndrome" and "Too Stoopid To Think For Ourselves Syndrome" you've already inflicted on a large part of the American public........Yourselves! Thanks