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Second Case Of MERS Found In Florida


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A microscopic look at the MERS virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are investigating a second case of MERS-CoV infection in Florida.

The first confirmed case in the U.S. was identified in Indiana earlier this month.

The patient was a health care worker in Saudi Arabia who traveled back to Indiana via Chicago. He was released Friday after recovering in a Munster hospital.

The virus was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and as USA Today reports, the virus has become more widespread in the last year.

Since April 2012, countries with MERS-confirmed cases include France, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

The CDC says the virus likely came from an animal source. In addition to humans, MERS-CoV has been found in camels in Qatar and a bat in Saudi Arabia.

However, health officials say human to human transmission of MERS is not likely and is more commonly transferred through animals.

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