Earlier this month the first case of MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – was confirmed here in the United States. That was on the second of May in someone who traveled from Saudi Arabia to here. Then just nine days later a second person was reported as having MERS. That person too also had traveled from Saudi Arabia. Then on Friday, a third person was identified as having MERS. That third person is from Illinois and did not travel overseas. He did however come in contact with the first person diagnosed.
The Illinois man is not technically an official case. A blood test did confirm he had been infected, reported CNN. He however did not require medical care and seemed only to have a cold.
The symptoms, according to the CDC are a fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms early on can include chills, headache, body aches, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and a runny nose.
If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms and have recently returned from the Arabian Peninsula, or come in contact with such a person, then you should see your physician immediately.
The MERS virus is continuing to evolve, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The CDC is continuing to monitor the situation here in the States. This is the first time someone has contracted the MERS virus through casual contact. It is contained though.