Ind. Governor assures MERS is contained

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

MUNSTER, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence and health officials held a news conference on Monday assuring Hoosiers that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS has been contained after the first case in this country, which was diagnosed in Indiana.

A health-care worker from Munster, Indiana contracted the disease during a trip to Saudi Arabia.

The respiratory illness was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. Since then, it has been linked to six countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

The worker boarded a bus upon his return home and went to Indiana where he was diagnosed at Community Hospital in Munster.

Officials said he is recovering and is about to be discharged. Everyone who came in contact with him has been isolated and is being monitored so it doesn't spread.

The symptoms of MERS are fever, cough, shortness of breath and it can be fatal.

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