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Illinois MERS Patient To Be Released

Mon, 05 May 2014 13:51:02 CDT
By: AP

Health officials say they expect the first patient in the United States diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East to be released soon from an Indiana hospital. The man has been hospitalized in Munster outside Chicago since April 28. Officials say he fell ill with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, after flying to the U.S. last month from Saudi Arabia. He landed in Chicago and took a bus to nearby Indiana. Indiana health officials said during a news conference no health workers or family members who've had contact with the patient have tested positive for the virus. The virus has an incubation period of two to 14 days. Officials also said the patient could continue to be isolated at home. Overall, at least 400 people have had the respiratory illness, and more than 100 people have died. Epidemiologists believe the virus originally transferred from camels to humans.

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