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Second confirmed case of MERS in the US
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Second confirmed case of MERS in the US

Second confirmed case of MERS in the US
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Second confirmed case of MERS in the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a healthcare worker from Saudi Arabia has Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). 

The worker traveled from Saudi Arabia to London on May 1st, then on to Boston, then Atlanta, and the final destination was Orlando, Florida. The healthcare worker is being treated at a Florida hospital.

The CDC is now working to identity anyone who may have been exposed to the patient. 

The head of the CDC Dr. Tom Frieden says, "Our experience with MERS so far suggests that the risk to the general public is extremely low."

The first ever case in the Unites States was reported earlier this month in Indiana.  That patient has been released from the hospital and is at home in isolation.  The Indiana patient was also a healthcare worker in Saudi Arabia who had traveled to the United States to see family.

At this time there are no travel restrictions but the CDC recommends anyone who visits the Middle East to watch for flu like symptoms. There is no vaccine or special treatment for MERS.

The CDC says these two cases are not linked. The CDC has sent a team to Saudi Arabia along with the World Health Organization. 

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