As MERS virus reaches U.S., public health system springs into action

Saturday, May 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

By TINA SUSMAN, ERYN BROWN
LATimes.com
May 9, 2014

The man arrived at the hospital with a fever and a bad cough. Relatives accompanied him through the doors, beneath the red neon sign reading “Emergency.”

It looked like pneumonia, but when doctors at Community Hospital learned that the patient was a healthcare worker in Saudi Arabia, they began suspecting something more sinister.

This story reported that a man infected with the MERS virus took a bus trip from Chicago to Indiana on April 27. He actually made the bus trip April 24, the same day he arrived in Chicago on a flight from Saudi Arabia.

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Swabs from the man’s nose and mouth confirmed it: The United States had its first case of a new and often deadly ailment called MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and health experts were facing a medical drama that all of them had anticipated but none of them ever hoped to see.

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