MERS Patient Released From Hospital

According to state health officials, the person being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was released from the hospital on Friday.

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The individual treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was released from the hospital after tests revealed no symptoms of MERS.

The individual who was being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was released from Community Hospital in Munster on Friday, according to state health officials.

“The patient has tested negative for MERS, is no longer symptomatic and poses no threat to the community,”  Dr. Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer at Community Hospital said in a statement.

Health officials say they are continuing to monitor the situation.

“This case demonstrates that any infectious disease in the world is only a plane ride away,”  Indiana State Health Commissioner William VanNess said in a statement. “I encourage all of our healthcare providers to remain vigilant in looking for any future cases.”

On April 24, the patient flew from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London and then Chicago, arrived at O’Hare Airport and traveled by bus to the Highland, Indiana area.

The CDC and state health departments have contacted most of the passengers that came into contact with the patient and so far none of them have reported symptoms.

Dozens of hospital workers who had been in contact with the patient are under temporary home isolation awaiting the end of the incubation period and the return of laboratory test results.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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