Munster Patient Has First Reported Case Of MERS In U.S.
Saturday May 03, 2014 7:14am
By: Jim Measel
(MUNSTER) - A health care worker is reported to be isolated and in stable condition at Community Hospital in Munster after federal and state health officials say the unnamed patient developed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to be reported in the United States. MERS is a viral respiratory illness that can be deadly. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Health officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus. While MERS has been shown to spread in hospitals, there is currently no evidence of a sustained spread. The Centers for Disease Control along with the Indiana Department of Health say the patient traveled by plane from Saudi Arabia to London, England on April 24th and then from London to Chicago. The patient then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana. The patient began to experience increasing respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing and fever three days later. The patient visited the Emergency Department at Community Hospital in Munster on April 28 and was admitted that same day.