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MERS Patient Recovers and is Released from Hospital

One week after a healthcare worker contracted the first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus comes word he has fully recovered and was released from Community Hospital in Munster on Friday.  The Times is reporting that the patient, who remains unidentified and reported to be in his 60s, has tested negative for MERS and no longer exhibit MERS symptoms and is therefore not considered a threat to the community.  However, Indiana State Health Commissioner, Dr. William VanNess III says that health care providers should remain vigilant for any future MERS cases as, "any infectious disease in the world is only a plane ride away," according to the article. 


The Centers for Disease Control originally reported that on April 24th, the patient traveled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London and then O'Hare International Airport where he reportedly took a bus to the Highland area.


According to the CDC, most of the passengers who flew aboard the patient's flights or rode the bus have been contacted and none are reported to have any symptoms of the disease.  Meanwhile, hospital staff who may have handled the case remain in temporary home isolation and are being closely watched for any symptoms.


The Times is also reporting that the Indiana State Department of Health have closed the MERS hotline, as calls have fallen off significantly.


You can read more about this story at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/munster/mers-patient-released-from-hospital/article_078833c0-93a5-50fa-bb74-244be24d78d1.html


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