2nd MERS Case Identified In U.S.; Patient Is Health Care Provider Who Worked In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) identified in the U.S.

ABC News: Second U.S. MERS Case Found in Florida
“A second U.S. case of the deadly MERS virus has been found in Orlando, Florida, health officials confirmed [Monday]…” (Moisse/Lupkin, 5/12).

Agence France-Presse: U.S. reports second case of MERS virus
“…The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health are investigating the ‘imported’ case and will release details during a press conference…” (5/12).

CNN: Second U.S. case of MERS confirmed
“…The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana. That patient was released from a hospital Friday into home isolation, according to state health officials…” (Hayes, 5/12).

CQ HealthBeat: CDC Officials Report Second U.S. Case of MERS
“A traveler from Saudi Arabia who took four different flights en route to Orlando, Florida, was named Monday as the second patient in the U.S. to contract a relatively new virus that kills many of the people it infects…” (Reichard, 5/12).

HealthDay News: 2nd MERS Case Identified in U.S.
“…Like the first U.S. case identified earlier this month, the second case involved a health care provider who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, the epicenter of the MERS outbreak…” (Reinberg/Thompson, 5/12).

New York Times: Second U.S. Case of MERS Virus Is Confirmed
“…As of Monday, 538 confirmed cases had been reported to the World Health Organization; 145 have been fatal…” (McNeil, 5/12).

Reuters: U.S., Florida officials confirm second case of MERS
“…Although the MERS virus has been shown to transmit from person to person and to health care workers, it is not easily transmissible to the general public…” (Steenhuysen, 5/12).

Reuters: U.K. health authorities say second U.S. MERS case flew via London
“British health authorities said on Monday they had found a second case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a person transiting through London, who flew from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to the United States on May 1…” (Kelland, 5/12).

USA Today: Second U.S. case of deadly MERS virus found in Orlando
“…All the passengers on the U.S. legs of the patient’s journey are being notified today to look for possible symptoms of the virus, though the risk of transmission is considered very slight…” (Weintraub/Stanglin, 5/12).

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