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Officials: 2nd US case of MERS confirmed in Florida

Second U.S. Case Of MERS Virus Discovered

Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

The latest case is not an American - he is a resident of Saudi Arabia, visiting Florida, who is now in an Orlando hospital.

He was diagnosed with MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Sunday night. It is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

Fortunately, the U.S. cases so far have not been severe. The first case, a man in Indiana, was released from a hospital late last week. And the second patient is doing well, officials said. The two cases are not linked, officials said.

"The risk to the public remains very low," said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East. But earlier this month a first U.S. case was diagnosed in a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.

That man, an American, was a health-care worker at a hospital in Saudi Arabia's capital city who flew to the United States on April 24 on a plane that originated in Riyadh, stopped in London and then landed in Chicago. The man took a bus to Munster, Indiana where he became sick and went to a hospital on April 28.

He improved and was released from a Munster hospital on Friday. Tests of people who were around the man have all proved negative, health officials have said.

Health officials now must track down fellow travelers who were around the newest case, and this time it will be more challenging: There were more flights involved.

This man also was a health-care worker at a hospital where MERS cases were being treated, the CDC said. He traveled on May 1 on flights from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, first to London, then to Boston, then to Atlanta, and finally to Orlando. He went to a hospital on May 8 and was placed in isolation.

The first flight was Saudi Airlines flight 113 to London, according to a Public Health England press release. The U.S. government did not identify the flight information for the other legs.

Health officials did not immediately release additional detail about his travels or his week in Florida, except to say he was not at any theme parks and remained in the Orlando area to see family.

The man is at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. He arrived there with relatively mild symptoms, is stable and doing well, but there is no timetable for his release, said Dain Weister, a spokesman for Florida's health department.

As early as the first flight, the latest case was suffering fever, chills and a slight cough. That doesn't necessarily mean he infected anyone. Experts think MERS cases are most infectious when they are severely ill, with symptoms like pneumonia and difficulty breathing, Schuchat said.

However, health officials are trying to contact as many as 500 people who were on the three flights within the United States to let them know the situation and watch for symptoms. People on the flight from Jeddah to London also will be contacted, CDC officials said.

MERS belongs to the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused some 800 deaths globally in 2003.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, but officials don't know how it is spreading to humans. It can spread from person to person, but officials believe that happens only after close contact. Not all those exposed to the virus become ill.

But it appears to be unusually lethal - some estimates have suggested it has killed nearly a third of the people it sickened. The estimate has been dropping as health officials have begun diagnosing more and more cases with less severe illness. But the estimated fatality rate for MERS still is far higher than what's seen with seasonal flu or other routine infections.

Fortunately, it is not as contagious as flu, measles or other diseases. There is no vaccine or cure and there's no specific treatment except to relieve symptoms.

Overall, 538 people have been reported to have the respiratory illness, including 145 people who have died. So far, all had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there. As many as one-fifth of cases have been in health-care workers, Schuchat said.

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nluvwlif0344 May 12 2014 at 8:06 PM

"'The risk to the public remains very low,' said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Famous last words!

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Diana May 12 2014 at 6:38 PM

The U.S. is always sticking it nose into all the foreign affairs (ex. wars) and we should just mind our own business and take care of our own here. Always about money first.

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plewdawg May 12 2014 at 6:26 PM

You are witnessing the test run of the next terror attack. No? I submit the taking over and crashing of Egypt Flight 880 was the test run for 9/11/01. Tell me......Doe sit say anywhere in the Koran HOW they earn their virgins?

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cgist13 May 12 2014 at 6:26 PM

I don't have the luxury of traveling to another country and I don't appreciate those who do for whatever reason they travel bringing a disease back in this country to infect my family.

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kcarthey cgist13 May 12 2014 at 7:03 PM

We could go a step further. Disease tends to break out in one localle, often a state or region. If there is a major outbreak of say mumps in Utah, why not just close the borders to Utah? Your post does not solve the problem and frankly is selfish.

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solarious May 12 2014 at 6:13 PM

This is sad to say because I'm a Vet....................but we're getting caught with our pants down because we've become overly greedy and fat and at some point BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS AN ADMINISTRATION FULL OF SPINELESS LITTLE WEASELS who do nothing for this country except attempt to fatten their own coffers and not give a da*n about the future WE ARE GOING TO FAIL BIG TIME ............WAKE THE F*** UP

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romijado May 12 2014 at 6:12 PM

I am very surprised he was not Chinese!

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hairoller romijado May 12 2014 at 6:56 PM

The Chinese would eat anything and love to screw such the reason for the exploded population.

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memaw7824 romijado May 12 2014 at 7:12 PM

It comes from camels.

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southrenpride187 May 12 2014 at 6:00 PM

they should make a law everyonr that flies into another country should be test for **** like this yes if you adopt a kid from other country you have to get it check out it should be the law on every living thing that flieor keep there ass over in there country

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kcarthey southrenpride187 May 12 2014 at 6:13 PM

Do us all a favor and please keep your ass in your county. I hear bad spelling, worse grammar and a lack of common sense are catching.

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edeninvsvs southrenpride187 May 12 2014 at 7:34 PM

There should also be a law that people with horrible grammar and bad spelling be sent back to school so they can learn the basics before expressing their uneducated and useless opinions.

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Odens Fist May 12 2014 at 5:59 PM

This comes out of the middle east, just another example of how NOTHING good has ever come out of the middile east.. It's being called Camel Lung, because it jumped from the animal known as Camels, and somehow got into humans.. I bet some filthy goat herder started banging Camels and contracted it. The middle east is useless othe then it's oil, why weren't THOSE people just eradicated long ago, they serve no purpose, and contribute NOTHING to mankind.

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solarious May 12 2014 at 5:51 PM

This is sad to say because I'm a Vet....................but we're getting caught with our pants down because we've become overly greedy and fat and at some point BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS AN ADMINISTRATION FULL OF SPINELESS LITTLE WEASELS who do nothing for this country except attempt to fatten their own coffers and not give a da*n about the future............WAKE THE F*** UP

Someone on here had a great idea about immunization proof.........GREAT IDEA

Let's have better checks at the borders and the gates and get that idiot out of the white house or else the price we pay will make the national debt look like a childs piggy bank

And as always GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

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rchap49921 solarious May 12 2014 at 6:13 PM

Unfortunately there is no vaccine currently against mers - that being said, however, I do agree that anyone without VALID and CURRENT proof of immunizations should not be allowed to even board a flight (or a boat) that is headed for our country. But that won't happen because it makes sense and is the right thing to do, part of the new politically correct agenda which is a non-curable virus all by itself.

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Joyce rchap49921 May 12 2014 at 6:58 PM

This country had the right idea in the past. Everyone entering the country through Ellis Island (and other ports of entry) was given a health check. Any thing contagious got people put right back on the boat, and sent home. Something as minor as flu, or a cold could prevent them from entering the US.

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solarious May 12 2014 at 5:41 PM

MANY “SCHOLERS" HAVE CLAIMED THAT THE NEXT PANDEMIC WILL MAKE THE BLACK DEATH SEEM LIKE A COLD

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steelebook solarious May 12 2014 at 5:59 PM

"Scholers"?

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