America’s first patient identified with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) is recuperating well to the treatment and is expected to be released from the hospital soon.
“The patient is responding well to the treatment,” the health official at the Community Hospital in Munster said.
Meanwhile, the Central for Disease Control (CDC) has suggested that even if the patient is improving it is advisable for him to remain isolated at home. According to the hospital sources, the patient will need to stay in isolation at his home till there is no infectious risk for others.
Meanwhile, no new cases of deadly MERS have been identified in the US so far.
The patient is an American health-care provider who visited Saudi Arabia recently. The person flew from Riyadh to London to Chicago on April 24 and reached Indiana by bus. The patient fell ill on April 27 and was hospitalized the next day, U.S. officials said. The officials have not released more specific information about the patient or his travels.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are facing the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak. The first case of MERS human infection was reported in September 2012 and since then it has claimed over 100 deaths so far.
According to the CDC, there have been 401 confirmed cases of MERS infections reported from 12 countries, including the US. All reported cases have originated in one of six Arabian Peninsula countries: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait.
Fever, cough and respiratory problems are some of the common symptoms of MERS.