Health officials announced that the second case of infection MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus was introduced. It is a patient in Florida.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed in a statement that the occurrence of the second case of MERS virus in the country.
The patient, who is currently isolated and hospitalized in Orlando, traveled on Flight 113 Saudi Arabian Airlines from Jeddah to London, where he took another flight to the United States, said Public Health England (PHE) by a statement.
The CDC in turn, reported to be a health worker in the country that landed at the airport in Boston and from there took another flight to Atlanta and finally to Orlando, Florida.
U.S. officials believe that more than 500 people may have been in contact with the victim during his travels, and now, for prevention, seeks contact them.
U.S. The first patient, a man who lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled to Chicago to visit his family, and he recovered and was discharged from the hospital.
Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said the agency has a team in Saudi Arabia is working with “international partners” to try to help contain the spread of the virus and better understand how it is transmitted.
MERS in the world
Until 9 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that MERS has claimed the lives of 496 people worldwide since September 2012, when it began to spread the disease.
The worst affected country is Saudi Arabia, however, and cases in the UAE, Tunisia, UK, Qatar, Oman, Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan, Italy and France, the U.S. and Lebanon are known.
What is MERS virus?
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is caused by a corona virus called MERS-CoV. Most people, who have suffered, developed severe acute respiratory infection. They had fever, cough and shortness of breath, and over 30% of these people died the CDC reports.
This virus has spread from sick to others through contact. However, there is no evidence of sustained community spread.
A new study has confirmed that camels carry different forms of this virus and that at least two or three of them are those that have “jumped” to humans.