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Second Imported Case of MERS-CoV Found in U.S. — Physician’s First Watch

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May 13, 2014

Second Imported Case of MERS-CoV Found in U.S.

By Kelly Young

A second person in the U.S. has become ill with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the CDC reports. The patient, who worked in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, is in good condition at a Florida hospital. This case is not connected to the first U.S. case that was reported earlier this month in Indiana.

On May 1, the Florida patient began feeling unwell with fever, chills, and a mild cough while flying from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to London. From there, the patient flew to Boston, Atlanta, and Orlando. On May 9, the patient was admitted to a hospital in central Florida.

Scientists have sequenced the viral genome from the Indiana patient and say that the virus does not appear to have changed recently. CDC Director Tom Frieden said this is reassuring news, given the increase in cases abroad in recent months.

Since 2012, there have been 538 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 145 deaths. Most have been in Saudi Arabia.

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ROBERT MABEE Other, Family Medicine/General Practice

good topic to cover

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