MERS SPREADS UPDATE 5-18-2014: Illinois Man Is 3rd Person To Contract Virus. Is The Mers Virus Emerging Globally?

Posted: May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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3RD PERSON CONTRACTS IT

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A U.S. citizen previously hospitalized in Indiana with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has passed the potentially fatal virus to an Illinois man, federal health officials said Saturday.

Health officials originally contacted the Illinois resident earlier this month after learning that he had met with the Indiana patient on two occasions prior to the Indiana man’s hospitalization, according to a release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An initial test of the Illinois man on May 5 came back negative for an active MERS-CoV infection, officials said. But further testing revealed that the man had in fact been previously infected with the virus READ MORE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cdc-illinois-man-is-3rd-reported-case-of-mers-in-nation-20140517,0,112558.story

WHAT IS MERS???

YAHOO.COM:The biggest risk that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically, may lie with globe-trotting healthcare workers.

From Houston to Manila, doctors and nurses are recruited for lucrative postings in Saudi Arabia, where MERS was first identified in 2012. Because the kingdom has stepped up hiring of foreign healthcare professionals in the last few years, disease experts said, there is a good chance the MERS virus will hitch a ride on workers as they return home.

“This is how MERS might spread around the world,” said infectious disease expert Dr Amesh Adalja of the University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterREAD MORE: http://news.yahoo.com/foreign-doctors-nurses-saudi-arabia-could-mers-global-123154003.html;_ylt=AwrTWfwsxnhTaFIAcD_QtDMD

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