Second MERS Case in U.S. Confirmed
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the second reported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS–CoV) in the United States, in an individual who traveled from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. The first reported U.S. case of MERS-CoV was announced by the CDC earlier this month, also in a traveler from Saudi Arabia to the U.S.
MERS-CoV infection was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and has been reported in 12 countries, with all cases originating in 6 countries in the Arabian Peninsula. This viral infection can cause severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath but some infected individuals exhibit mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. The source of the virus is unknown but is thought to originate from an animal source. Currently there is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for MERS-CoV. The first reported U.S. case of MERS-CoV was confirmed by the CDC earlier this month in an adult who traveled from Saudi Arabia to the U.S.; they are considered to be fully recovered and have been released from the hospital.
The CDC states that the two cases are not connected and represent a very low risk to the general public in the U.S. Individuals traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula who develop fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days post-travel are advised to see their doctor and inform them of their travels.
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