1st American MERS patient released from hospital

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 7:11 PM

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — The first American diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East has been released from a northwestern Indiana hospital.

Community Hospital in Munster says the patient was released Friday, is considered fully recovered and has been cleared to travel, if necessary.

Community Hospital chief medical information officer Dr. Alan Kumar says the patient has tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and "poses no threat to the community."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the patient is an American man. He flew from Saudi Arabia to Chicago on April 24 and took a bus to Indiana. He sought treatment last Monday and was diagnosed with MERS.

MERS belongs to the coronavirus family that also includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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