Via the Chicago Tribune: Health officials to hold briefing today on first U.S. MERS case. Excerpt:
Health officials are expected to give an update today on the condition of a health care worker being treated in Munster, Ind. with the first U.S. case of the often fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
On Sunday, the Community Hospital in Munster said the man remains in isolation in good condition and has been improving. No other cases of MERS have been identified in the United States, officials said.
The briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will include officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana Public Health Department and Community Hospital.
The man, who has not been identified, was diagnosed with the virus after traveling to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and exhibiting symptoms on his return to the United States. He flew from London to O'Hare International Airport on April 24, then took a bus to Indiana.
Health officials said they planned to contact passengers on the plane and the bus, but said the risk of infection was low.
Medical staff members who came into direct contact with the man before he was placed in isolation at Community Hospital were taken off duty and put in temporary home isolation, state health officials said.
They will be allowed back to work after the incubation period ends and their laboratory results are confirmed to be negative for the virus, the state said. MERS symptoms can take up to 14 days to occur, and the virus has no known treatments.