Our blog entry this morning was a discussion on the spike of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in the Middle East…and then surprisingly it pops up now…in Indiana! Really…
Today the CDC reported the first U.S. case of MERS-CoV has been reported in Indiana. The CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health are conducting a joint investigation into the case, according to a CDC statement.
The Indiana MERS case brings the total confimed cases worldwide to 401. Twelve countries have reported cases.
The CDC and Indiana health officials say the patient is a health care provider who recently traveled from Saudi Arabia. They are calling the case a “rapidly evolving situation.” The CDC also says they would not be surprised if additional MERS cases are identified. They are approaching the situation with “an abundance of caution.”
The patient flew from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to London, England and then to Chicago on April 24. From Chicago the patient took a bus to Indiana. On the 27th, the patient began to experience respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. The patient went to an emergency department in an Indiana hospital on April 28th and was admitted on that same day. The patient is being well cared for and is isolated.
The patient is in the hospital in stable condition and requires oxygen.
The incubation period for MERS is 5 days.