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First US Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, CDC Confirms

“A case of the sometimes fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has been reported in Indiana, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday,” according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. “The announcement marks the first time a patient with the infection has been identified in the United States, CDC officials said … The high-profile MERS has emerged only in the last two years: The first case cropped up in Saudia Arabia in 2012 and may have originated in camels before jumping to humans. Since then, the disease has infected 262 people in 12 countries; of those, 93 have died.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.