US officials expect Mers patient to be released soon from Indiana hospital

Healthcare worker who contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Saudi Arabia, has been hospitalized since 28 April

  • theguardian.com, Monday 5 May 2014 13.01 EDT
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At least 400 people have had the respiratory illness, and more than 100 people have died. All had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there. Photo:/AP

Health officials said Monday 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, though he could continue to be isolated at home.

The man has been hospitalized at a Munster hospital since 28 April. Officials said he fell ill with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, after flying to the US last month from Saudi Arabia, where he is a healthcare worker.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner William VanNess II said during a news conference with officials from the hospital and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday that 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.

About 50 hospital employees had contact with the patient before he was placed in isolation, said Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer at Community Hospital.

The man flew from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to the United States on 24 April, with a stop in London. He landed in Chicago and took a bus to Indiana, health officials said.

 

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Boston Herald

1st American MERS patient released from hospital

Friday, May 9, 2014

MUNSTER, Ind. — The first American diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East has been released from a northwestern Indiana hospital.

Community Hospital in Munster says the patient was released Friday, is considered fully recovered and has been cleared to travel, if necessary.

Community Hospital chief medical information officer Dr. Alan Kumar says the patient has tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and “poses no threat to the community.”

 

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