Illinois is site of 3rd MERS case

Published 05/20 2014 12:17PM

Updated 05/20 2014 12:28PM

Update: 5:34 pm, 5/18/14, Sunday
ILLINOIS -- An unidentified man, from Cook County, contracted the MERS virus from a victim in Indiana. The CDC says he didn't travel outside the U.S. He met with the Indiana MERS patient twice before they'd been diagnosed. Public officials are collecting blood samples from people who were in close contact with the Indiana patient.
Original: 10:11 pm, 5/17/14, Saturday
NATIONAL -- The Centers for Disease Control announced Saturday a third U.S. resident tested positive for the deadly virus MERS. The latest patient lives in Illinois. CBS News correspondent Wendy Gillette reports from New York.

The Centers for Disease Control says an Illinois man who had close contact with an Indiana patient diagnosed with MERS has tested positive for the virus. The results of the blood test came in late Friday night, but the patient never got very sick.

"He had cold-like symptoms. Not feeling well."

MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It was first discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and the virus had been centered in the region. So far, hundreds of cases in 15 countries have been confirmed; more than a fourth of the patients have died.

An Indiana man was the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with MERS earlier this month following a trip to Saudi Arabia. The CDC says, shortly after that trip, he traveled by car to have two business meetings with the man in Illinois.

Another man in Florida; a Saudi Arabian healthcare worker, also tested positive for MERS.

The CDC has posted warnings about the virus in almost two dozen U.S. airports but does not plan to take any further precautions. The CDC is testing those in close contact with the patients to determine if anyone else was infected.

The CDC says, if you're traveling in or near the Arabian Peninsula, you should monitor your health during and after your trip for symptoms like a fever and respiratory problems.

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