Treated For Deadly MERS Virus In Indiana Improving: State
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[May 05, 2014]
(Reuters) - A healthcare worker
being treated in Indiana with the first U.S. case of the often fatal
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is in good condition and
improving daily, the state health department said on Sunday.
State and federal health officials confirmed on Friday that the
man had been diagnosed with the virus after traveling to Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia, and exhibiting symptoms upon his return to the United
"We are very pleased the patient is improving and no other cases
have been identified at this time," said Dr. William VanNess II,
Indiana's state health commissioner.
Medical staff members who came into direct contact with the ill man
before he was placed in full isolation at Community Hospital in
Munster, where he remains, were taken off duty and put in temporary
home isolation, state health officials said.
They will be allowed back to work after the incubation period ends
and their laboratory results are confirmed to be negative for the
virus, the state said. MERS symptoms can take up to 14 days to
occur, and the virus has no known treatments.
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The first confirmed case of MERS in the United States raised fresh
concerns about the rapid spread of the disease, which proves fatal
in about a third of infections.
(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Stephen Powell)
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