Health officials say second U.S. MERS case: located in Orlando, Florida


The newest MERS case is located in Orlando, Florida, and the patient age 44 was a health worker in Saudi Arabia, the same as the first U.S. MERS case that was located in Indiana. The patient flew from Jedda, Saudi Arabia, to Boston, Boston to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Orlando.

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News Around the web:

  • Second U.S. Case of MERS Confirmed – CNN

    “There is a second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome imported into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday.

    Officials from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health are investigating.

    The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana. That patientwas released from a hospital Friday into home isolation, according to state health officials.

    The Indiana patient was an American health care provider who had been working in Saudi Arabia and was on a planned visit to Indiana to see his family.

    The Florida patient is also a health care provider who lives and works in Saudi Arabia, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service and director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.” – CNN

  • Second US MERS Case Found in Florida – ABC“The new MERS patient, whose name, gender and nationality have not been released, flew from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to London on May 1 before proceeding to Boston, Atlanta and Orlando. The patient developed symptoms of the virus, including a fever, chills and “slight cough,” during the flight from Jeddah but did not seek medical care until one week later, Frieden said.Health officials are working to contact roughly 500 travelers who may have come into contact with the patient during flights to U.S. destinations. The flight numbers have not been released.

    “The incubation period for MERS is often within five days, with an outer limit of 14 days,” said Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Anne Schuchat, adding that “it’s likely if you haven’t developed symptoms yet, you’re not going to.” – ABC Also read this: 5 Things to know about MERS now that it’s here.

  • Second US MERS Case Found in Florida – NBC

    “The 44-year-old man began feeling ill on May 1 while on the flight from Saudi Arabia but wasn’t sick enough to seek medical treatment until he was in Orlando, CDC said. He was admitted to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando May 9, officials said.

    Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County Health Department, said when the man came to the hospital emergency room on Friday afternoon, doctors quickly thought of MERS because he had been in Saudi Arabia and, even more tellingly, was a healthcare worker there.

    “The patient is in good condition and is improving,” said Dr. Antonio Crespo, infectious disease specialist and chief quality officer for the hospital. “We are taking every precaution, but believe the risk of transmission from this patient is very low since his symptoms were mild and he was not coughing when he arrived at the hospital.”- NBC

  • US confirms second case of MERS – Reuters

    “MERS, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, is a coronavirus from the same family as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002.


    The MERS virus first emerged in September 2012 and has since infected almost 500 people in Saudi Arabia. There have been sporadic cases across the Middle East, as well as in Europe and Asia.


    Frieden said the latest U.S. case of MERS was “unwelcome but not unexpected news,” and added it now falls to the U.S. hospital and healthcare workers in general to observe meticulous infection control procedures to keep the virus contained.


    The CDC now has a team in Saudi Arabia working with “international partners” to try to help contain the spread of the virus and better understand how it is transmitted, he said.” – Reuters

  • Second U.S. case of deadly MERS virus found in Orlando – USA Today “The virus is formally called MERS-CoV because it’s part of the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which killed more than 800 people worldwide in 2003.” – USA Today


  • “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.”
  • Read more on The Guardian.

Read previous blog post about 1st US Case of MERS.

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