First case of MERS transmitted in the U.S., according to officials

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The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome transmitted within the United States has been identified in an Illinois man through evidence of “an apparent past MERS-CoV infection,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

The unidentified Illinois man had contact with an Indiana man who was diagnosed with MERS after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, the CDC said in a press release.

The Illinois resident did not seek or require medical care, according to the agency.

“However, local health officials have monitored his health daily since May 3 as part of the investigation,” it said. “At this time, the Illinois resident is reported to be feeling well.”

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