First U.S. Case Of Mers-CoV Confirmed In Indiana

May 2, 2014
By

Health officials said Friday that the first U.S. case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been confirmed in Indiana.

The case is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health.

MERS-CoV, a virus new to humans, causes an infection that develops severe acute respiratory illness. Confirmed cases are attributed with fever, cough and shortness of breath.

According to the CDC, about 30 percent of cases have turned fatal.

The first case was reported in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012 and since spread to seven other countries, including the United States as of Friday, May 2.

WRBI learned during a Friday afternoon press conference with U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat, that the individual confirmed with the virus was a health care worker who has recently returned from working in Saudi Arabia.

“The patient is hospitalized in Indiana and we need clinicians around the country, not just in Indiana, to be on the alert in terms of travel associated with severe respitotory illness,” Schuchat said. “We think an active investigation in Indiana is going to help us understand what, if any, risk there is beyond the individual.”

Schuchat did not release details regarding what region of Indiana the patient is in.

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Dec
31
Wed
12:00 am 2015 Batesville Youth Baseball/S...
2015 Batesville Youth Baseball/S...
Dec 31 @ 12:00 am – Mar 14 @ 12:00 am
Registration is open online 24/7 go to www.batesvillebaberuth.com and click on the “Register Now” link. Early registration Discount $5.00 per registration if completed IN JANUARY The spring/summer season will run from April 25th through July 2nd. All games will be through the week excluding April 25th to avoid conflict with spring soccer You can also register in person at the Batesville firehouse. Registration days: January 31, 2015- 9:00 to noon February 21, 2015- 9:00 to noon March 7, 2015- 9:00 to noon  
Jan
1
Thu
9:00 am YMCA January Incentive @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
YMCA January Incentive @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
Jan 1 @ 9:00 am – Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm
YMCA is where you belong! Community incentive to make being healthy a habit The whole month of January bring in 10 food pantry items and the $75 joiners fee will be dropped  
1:51 pm Patriotic Art Contest
Patriotic Art Contest
Jan 1 @ 1:51 pm – Mar 31 @ 11:59 pm
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3183 is sponsoring an art contest for students in grades 9-12. The contest is a great way to earn money for college. The art must be on paper or canvas and have a patriotic theme. Digital Art is not accepted. The art must be original. Judging is based on originality, presentation, and patriotism expressed. There are monetary awards given locally and at the state level. The national winners will receive scholarships. Home schooled students are eligible, foreign exchange are not. Your entry must be signed by a teacher. You can obtain an entry form by calling Kay Pulskamp, chairperson at 934-3442. Please submit your art by March 31, 2015. The first place winner will be sent to the State Scholarships Chairman for judging. Your art will be returned to you after judging is complete. Additional info/rules may be reviewed at www.ladiesauxvfw.org/programs/scholarships.html

View Calendar