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CDC confirms the first case of MERS virus in an American

first_imgNEW YORK — Federal health officials are working to track down travelers who may have been in close contact with an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.The man fell ill April 27 after flying to the U.S. April 24 from Saudi Arabia where he was a health care worker. He has been confirmed as the first American infected with the virus.He is hospitalized in good condition in northwest Indiana with Middle East respiratory syndrome, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana health officials said Friday.The MERS virus is not highly contagious and this case “represents a very low risk to the broader, general public,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat in a CDC briefing.It was not clear how many travelers in close contact with the man may have been exposed to the virus.Also, it is not known yet how he was infected, Schuchat said.Saudi Arabia has been at the center of an outbreak of MERS that began two years ago. The virus has spread among health care workers, most notably at four Saudi facilities last spring.last_img read more