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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:40 am 
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CDC conference call on Florida MERS case.

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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: Monday, May 12, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
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CDC announces second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States
What
CDC and Florida Department of Health officials are investigating the second case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States. MERS-CoV, a virus relatively new to humans, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. On May 2, 2014 CDC reported the first case of MERS in the United States.
Who
Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Anne Schuchat, M.D. (RADM, USPHS) Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, FCCP
Florida’s State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health
When
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/media.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:06 pm 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health are investigating the second case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States, according to a CDC advisory on its website.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Most people who with a MERS infection developed severe acute respiratory illness, though some infected experienced only mild symptoms.

Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

In the past two years, at least 400 cases of the respiratory illness have been reported, and more than 100 people have died.

On May 2, 2014 CDC reported the first case of MERS in the United States.

The CDC says a news conference will take place at 2 p.m. to discuss the latest case.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:08 pm 
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MERS-CoV -- which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus -- was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then at least 480 cases have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia and 139 people there have died. Cases have also been reported in several nearby countries including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

The only cases identified so far in the U.S. or Europe have been in people who had recently traveled to the region.

The first U.S. case was confirmed May 2 in a patient in Indiana. Officials said he had just arrived in the U.S. a few days earlier from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he worked at a hospital. Doctors said he was recovering and did not appear to have infected anyone else he'd come in contact with during his travels.

Symptoms of MERS can include fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, and the animals appear to have a role in spreading it to humans. This weekend the Saudi government advised people to avoid contact with camels if possible, and to wear protective gloves and face masks and wash their hands if they did encounter the animals.

MERS can spread from person to person, but officials believe it that normally happens only in cases of close contact, such as between patients and health care workers. Not all of those exposed to the virus develop the illness.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:10 pm 
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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

A news conference to discuss the case has been scheduled for Monday afternoon by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The virus is MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. A third of those who develop symptoms die from it.

Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. But earlier this month a first U.S. case was diagnosed in a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.

Officials did not immediately release other details about the newest case.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:12 pm 
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(CNN) -- There is a second confirmed case of MERS imported into the United States, the CDC announced Monday.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health are investigating.
The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/12/health/me ... index.html

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:40 pm 
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The second imported case of the deadly MERS respiratory virus in the United States has been confirmed in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control announced Monday.

The CDC and the Florida department of Health are investigating the latest case of the virus, known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The CDC did not elaborate on the specific location or background of the latest incident, which first broke on Twitter.

Officials from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health scheduled a 2 p.m. ET news conference to discuss the latest case.

By designating the latest case as "imported," the CDC indicated that it was brought in from outside the United States.

The first case, discovered in Indiana on May 2, involved a male health care worker who was living and working in Saudi Arabia, which has recorded most of the case of MERS.

The unidentified Indiana patient was quickly quarantined. He was released from the hospital last week after no longer showing signs of the virus, according to Dr. Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer, Community Hospital in Munster, Ind.

MERS belongs to the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused more than 800 deaths globally in 2003.

Overall the CDC says about 400 people have been identified as coming down with the MERS virus, though there are differing reports about whether all those cases have been confirmed as MERS. More than 100 have died.

No vaccine exists for the disease. Treatment consists of standard supportive care for a respiratory illness. Officials said people worried about MERS should wash their hands regularly, wipe down potentially infected surfaces with anti-bacterial agents and avoid others who are sick.

Since April 2012, countries with MERS-confirmed cases include France, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

The CDC says the virus likely came from an animal source. In addition to humans, MERS-CoV has been found in camels in Qatar and a bat in Saudi Arabia.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:43 pm 
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(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Monday a second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East, has been confirmed in the state of Florida.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the virus, known formally as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, with health officials from Florida.

The CDC said in a statement the case was the second "imported" case of MERS, meaning a traveler contracted the virus in another country and brought it to U.S. shores. The first such imported case involved a man who flew from Saudi Arabia and traveled to Indiana earlier this month.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:47 pm 
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Second U.S. MERS Case Found in Florida
By Maggie Fox

An Asian man wears a mouth and nose mask as he walks in a street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah last month. a second case of MERS has been found in the U.S.

A second case of the mysterious MERS virus has been found in Florida, federal health officials announced Monday.

Officials were preparing to release more details about the case later on Monday.

The first known U.S. patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — a healthcare worker in his 60s — went home on Friday from the hospital in Munster, Indiana, where he had been treated. Doctors said he recovered fully.

The patient was kept isolated while he was treated for the virus and health workers who cared for him before they knew he had MERS were kept quarantined and tested for the virus. So far, he does not seem to have infected anyone else and the normal incubation period has passed.

Close to 500 cases of MERS have been reported to the World Health Organization. WHO says the virus is on the upswing, but most cases are in Saudi Arabia. WHO says for some reason hospitals in Saudi Arabia are not able to control the spread of the virus.

It’s been traced to camels and Saudi officials have cautioned people to take care when handling camels, their meat or milk. But no one is sure yet how people are being infected, and most people who have been diagnosed have not had direct contact with camels.

Experts say careful infection control can keep the virus from spreading.

Many hospitals around the world have been phasing in such precautions as the world keeps an eye out for new pandemics, and as evidence piles up on how to stop all sorts of infections, from drug-resistant superbugs such as MRSA to avian influenza.

There's no vaccine and no specific treatment for MERS, which was only identified in 2012. It’s caused by a coronavirus, in the same family of viruses that cause common cold symptoms, but also a relative of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus that swept the world in 2003. SARS sickened around 8,000 people and killed about 10 percent of victims before it was stopped.

WHO officials fear MERS could do the same thing. So far it has had about a 30 percent fatality rate, but it's less infectious than SARS was.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 1:08 pm 
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(May 12, 2014) – Health officials from Florida and the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the second U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Monday.

The first case of MERS was reported on May 2, 2014, in Munster, Ind. The virus is relatively new, having been first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The second case has been reported in Florida, but health officials provided no additional details about the circumstances. More information is expected during a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

The case in Munster involved a health care worker who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia. He was quickly isolated at Community Hospital. The man was released from the hospital last week after his symptoms abated and doctors determined he was no longer infectious.

The patient had fully recovered and no longer posed a threat, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. He is able to travel, if necessary, doctors said.

Hospital staff members who had direct contact with the patient remain off-duty and isolated. They were still being closely monitored and tested for MERS. They’ll be able to return to work once the virus’ incubation period has passed and tests for MERS come back negative.



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