MERS cases no longer considered connected - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

MERS cases no longer considered connected


The Centers for Disease Control say they no longer believe the Indiana MERS patient spread the virus to a work acquaintance in Illinois.

The CDC first said May 17 they thought the Indiana patient, the first identified case in the United States, spread the virus to a person he had a meeting with in Illinois. But new tests show that person was never actually infected with MERS as early tests showed.

Tests on other people the Indiana man came in contact with also came up negative.

Health officials said he caught the potentially deadly MERS virus while working in Saudi Arabia. Another person in Florida also recently returned from Saudi Arabia with MERS.

No one else appears to have been infected in that case either.

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