First Case Of Deadly Virus Confirmed In U.S.

NEW YORK (May 2, 2014) The first case of the deadly MERS virus has been confirmed in the U.S.

An American who works as health care worker in Saudi Arabia was hospitalized in Indiana with the virus, health officials said Friday.

The man was diagnosed with Middle East respiratory syndrome after returning to the U.S. about a week ago, officials said.

Saudi Arabia is the center of an outbreak of MERS, which surfaced two years ago.

At least 400 cases have been reported, and more than 100 people have died.

The virus has been found in camels, but officials don't know how it is spreading to humans.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the U.S. case to track down anyone he had close contact with recently.


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