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Indiana MERS Patient Soon To Be Released From Hospital

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

Indiana Health officials say the patient that has the first confirmed case of MERS in the U.S. is improving and should be released to return home soon.

MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome because all of the cases can be traced to the Middle East.

According to health officials the patient flew from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, then Chicago, where he took a bus to Indiana.

That was on April 24th and his diagnosis came on April 28.

Health officials said the symptoms for MERS are similar to the flu including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

As of Friday, there have been just 261 reported cases of MERS in the world that have been confirmed by the World Health Organization.

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