First U.S. Case of MERS Reported in Indiana

Published 05/02 2014 03:14PM

Updated 05/02 2014 04:02PM

UPDATE (4:05 P.M.): The CDC says the patient is a doctor who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia then returned to Chicago and took a bus to Indiana. Officials have not released the exact location or identity of the person.

A deadly virus found in the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  says a case of the coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was reported in Indiana. The illness comes from the same group of viruses as the common cold and attacks the respiratory system.

It was first discovered two years ago in the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabian health officials say since then, it has sickened 339 people in their country alone and killed a third of them.

The CDC is working with Indiana State Health officials to investigate the case.

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