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First US Mers patient to be isolated at home after discharge

Published on May 7, 2014 9:29 AM
 
The exterior of Community Hospital, where a patient with the first confirmed US case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) is in isolation, is seen in Munster, Indiana on May 5, 2014. The first US patient to test positive for the often deadly Mers virus will remain isolated at home after he is released from an Indiana hospital, officials said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - The first US patient to test positive for the often deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus will remain isolated at home after he is released from an Indiana hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

The patient will remain in isolation until the Indiana State Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines he is no longer an infectious risk to the public, the Community Hospital in Munster said in a statement.

The hospital is working on discharge plans for the patient, who continues to improve and is expected to be released in the coming days, the statement said.

The CDC confirmed on Friday that it had identified the first MERS case in the country, raising new concerns about the global spread of an illness with a high fatality rate and no known treatment.

 
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