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CDC Confirms First US Case of MERS

Eric Toner
Date posted:
May 02, 2014
Publication type:
CBN Report

Clinicians' Biosecurity News 2 May 2014

UPMC Center for Health Security, May 2, 2014

The CDC has announced the first confirmed US case of MERS. 

According to press reports [1] the patient is a healthcare worker who traveled by air from Saudi Arabia and then by bus to Indiana by way of London and Chicago while asymptomatic on April 24. Respiratory symptoms started on April 27, and the patient was seen in an emergency department on April 28. Testing for MERS was initiated because of the travel history. The patient is isolated and is in stable condition and not on mechanical ventilation at this time. No other details are available at this time.

Clinicians should inquire about travel and occupational history in patients presenting with respiratory infections. Suspected MERS cases should prompt an immediate call to local public health officials. CDC currently recommends standard, contact, and airborne precautions in known or suspected MERS cases. 





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