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First Case of MERS Confirmed in the United States

Federal health officials are looking into the first confirmed case of MERS in the U.S on Friday.  

There's a patient being cared for in Indiana who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, which is dealing with an outbreak of the potentially deadly illness known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  CNN reports the patient is a health-care provider. 

The patient is an American male who traveled from Riyadh to London to Chicago and then took a bus to Indiana on April 24.

The patient has been isolated at a hospital and is said to be in stable condition, while receiving oxygen support. 

MERS infects the lungs and causes a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and it can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure. 

Medical officials say there is a very low risk of the general public contracting the disease. 

About half of the people who have been infected with MERS have died.  

The illness is spread from person to person through close contact.

Lab testing has confirmed 262 cases of MERS in 12 countries. Ninety-three people have died from the illness. 

The disease is currently thought to have originated in camels.

Medical officials are unaware of any other cases of MERS in the United States.  

 

 

 

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