US Sees 3rd Case of MERS Virus

Illinois man hasn't needed treatment: officials
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
This undated electron microscope image made availalbe by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows the MERS virus, center   (AP Photo/NIAID - RML)

(Newser) – Health officials say an Illinois man has apparently picked up an infection from the only American diagnosed with a mysterious Middle East virus, but the man has not needed medical treatment. The first US case of Middle East respiratory syndrome was confirmed earlier this month in Indiana, where a man fell ill shortly after arriving from Saudi Arabia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that tests show the Illinois man probably was infected with the virus after having close contact twice with the Indiana patient. A second US case was confirmed last week in a man from Saudi Arabia who was visiting Florida. (Read more MERS stories.)

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