MERS Virus Detected in the U.S.

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The virus behind the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), a deadly corona virus cousin of SARS and the common cold, has officially hit the United States. In Indiana a traveler from Saudi Arabia showed up at the emergency room with a fever and a shortness of breath; subsequent tests confirmed he was afflicted by the MERS virus, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to www.smithsonianmag.com.

The patient, an American health care provider who had been working in Saudi Arabia, is not on oxygen and is eating well and walking around, stated doctors in Indiana,  as reported www.cnn.com.

With the epicenter of the MERS outbreak seemingly in Saudi Arabia, regional governments have started issuing travel warnings for pilgrims wishing to embark on a hajj to Saudi’s holy cities. Egypt and the Palestinian Authority are among those to have made the calls, stated www.thetower.org.