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US reports third case of Mers virus in Illinois man

Published on May 18, 2014 5:59 AM
Shay Wilinski works in the Microbiology Lab at Community Hospital, where a patient with the first confirmed U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is in isolation, in Munster, Indiana, May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An Illinois man has contracted the Mers respiratory virus after coming into contact with the first case of the mysterious Middle East pathogen in the United States, become the third infected person.

It was during an ongoing investigation on the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in the United States that officials identified the new case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

“CDC officials explained that these laboratory test results are preliminary and suggest that the Illinois resident probably got the virus from the Indiana patient and the person’s body developed antibodies to fight the virus,” the agency said in a statement.

It said the Illinois resident, who has not recently travelled outside the United States, met twice with the Indiana patient before he was identified as the first known case of Mers in the United States.

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