Some notes to liveblog the teleconference:
12:10: CDC confirms first MERS-CoV case in US: a healthcare provider recently returned from KSA, now in isolation in an Indiana hospital.
After some background: We expected MERS in US, prepared for it.
12:15: Patient flew from Riyadh on April 24; then London, Chicago, and took a bus to Indiana. Respiratory symptoms on April 27. Went to Emergency on April 28, admitted same day, tested for MERS. Now in stable condition. Don;t know how many persons the patient was in contact with.
12:16: MERS is now in our heartland. Fluid situation.
12:21: Patient is on oxygen support, not a ventilator, in stable condition.
12:23: Patient is a healthcare worker who was working in a Saudi hospital. Age, gender, not revealed (or nationality). No need to call an alert about specific airlines, busline patient used.
12:25: Treating 30% CFR seriously.
12:26: Where in Indiana is patient? Not aware of any other cases, but we're investigating very actively; won't name hospital. A single patient has imported virus.
12:30: Infected in KSA? Was providing healthcare there, assume disease contracted there.
12:32: Making contacts w/passengers? Very early in process. We tell you what we know, when we know it. Initiated many inquiries in past day, before confirmation.
12:35: Focusing on patient's contacts "out of abundance of caution." In KSA for a substantial period.
12:37: No reason to think patient got inadequate care or exposed others unduly.
12:39: Tracking any mutation in MERS? Also had more cases last spring; one recent isolate showed no changes.
12:40: Working with Arab agencies? WHO has pulled together many agencies. We cooperate internationally. Need every country to be strong.
12:42: For children, key question is travel to Arabian peninsula or contact with cases.
12:43: Treatment provided for patient? No specific treatment.
12:45: Region of Indiana? Nothing specific.
And that's the end of the conference. No doubt we'll see many reports for the rest of the day, and I'll link to at least some of them.