First MERS CoV case identified in a traveler from Middle East

Submitted by Connie Cutler, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, Director, Infection Prevention and Control

The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States, identified in a traveler who was in the Middle East, was reported to CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by the CDC on May 2. The patient is in a hospital in Indiana after having flown from Saudi Arabia to Chicago via London. The purpose of this is to alert clinicians to increase their index of suspicion to consider MERS-CoV infection in travelers from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. 

The CDC has a website with more information including: Interim Guidance for Health Professionals, Case Definitions, Preparedness, Infection Prevention and Control, and Interim Home Care and Isolation Guidance. See http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/hcp.html

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