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2 U.S. MERS-CoV Patients Didn't Spread Virus to Close Contacts — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
June 18, 2014

2 U.S. MERS-CoV Patients Didn't Spread Virus to Close Contacts

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The two U.S. patients who tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) did not spread the virus domestically to their household contacts or any healthcare workers, the CDC announced on Tuesday. Both patients are believed to have contracted the virus while working in healthcare settings in Saudi Arabia.

Previously, the CDC said an asymptomatic business contact of one of the patients had evidence of antibodies to MERS-CoV, but follow-up testing indicated that the man never had the virus.

Separately, the World Health Organization said that the increase in cases observed in April appears to have slowed down, but "the situation continues to be of concern, especially given the anticipated increase in travel to Saudi Arabia related to Umra, Ramadan, and the Hajj."

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