MERS-CoV Case Confirmed

MERS-CoV Case Confirmed

MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS INFECTION CONFIRMED IN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA

A case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been confirmed in a patient in Northwestern Indiana today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with CDC and others to identify potential additional cases and to prevent further transmission of the disease. This is the first case of MERS-CoV in the United States.

MERS-CoV is viral respiratory illness which was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Health officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus.  While MERS-CoV has been shown to spread in hospitals, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

Read the full press release from the Indiana State Department of Health.