NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say an Illinois man has apparently picked up an infection from the only American diagnosed with a mysterious Middle East virus, but the man has not needed medical treatment.
The first U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome was confirmed earlier this month in Indiana, where a man fell ill shortly after arriving from Saudi Arabia where he lived.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday that tests completed Friday show the Illinois man probably was infected with the virus after having close contact twice with the MERS patient in Indiana.
“This latest development does not change CDC’s current recommendations to prevent the spread of MERS,” said David Swerdlow, M.D., who is leading CDC’s MERS-CoV response. “It’s possible that as the investigation continues others may also test positive for MERS-CoV infection but not get sick. Along with state and local health experts, CDC will investigate those initial cases and if new information is learned that requires us to change our prevention recommendations, we can do so.”
CDC officials said the Illinois resident has no recent history of travel outside the U.S. Efforts are now under way to identify, notify, test, and monitor close contacts of the Illinois resident.
This is the first reported case of the MERS virus being contracted within the U.S.
Most cases of MERS have been in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East.
A second U.S. case was confirmed last week in a man from Saudi Arabia who was visiting Florida.