UPDATE: Deadly MERS Virus Found In Indiana; First U.S. Case

Posted On May 05, 2014


Update posted Monday, May 5 at 8:12 a.m.:

A northern Indiana man who became the first in the country to be sickened by MERS is improving.

He was diagnosed at Community Hospital in Lake County last week after traveling to the United States from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker.

Health officials say no other cases have been reported.

Hospital workers who came in contact with the patient have been placed on in-home isolation until the incubation period has ended and test results come back negative for MERS.


Original story published Friday, May 2 at 3:44 p.m.:

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The first U.S. case of the deadly MERS virus has been found in Indiana.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a respiratory illness and is caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, which was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

U.S. health officials announced Friday that the first case in the nation involved an American man hospitalized in Indiana. That person is a health care worker in Saudi Arabia, where he returned from to the U.S. a week ago.

At least 400 cases of MERS have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. It virus has been found in camels, but officials don’t know how it is spreading to humans.

The U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the Indiana case to speak with anyone he had close contact with recently.

More information on the MERS virus is available from the Indiana State Department of Health at http://www.in.gov/isdh/25796.htm.