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MERS Reported In Indiana

The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute f
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute f

Health officials have confirmed the first case of an American infected with the MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, and that person is here in Indiana.

The man fell ill after arriving in the U.S. about a week ago from Saudi Arabia where he is a health care worker.

The patient is in isolation and is in stable condition in Munster.

The symptoms of MERS-CoV are similar to the symptoms of influenza.

It is not easy to spread MERS but it is possible with close contact.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, but officials don’t know how it is spreading to humans.

MERS is highly lethal and is related to the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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