MERS Warnings Now Displayed in 22 U.S. Airports, Including Logan

Thursday, May 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Kristi Palma
MAY 14, 2014

Travelers in 22 international airports across the United States — including Boston’s Logan International Airport — will now see warning materials posted about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that can be deadly. A man who flew through Logan earlier this month was diagnosed with the second U.S. case, reports The Boston Globe. There have been more than 500 confirmed cases worldwide since MERS was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Both U.S. cases involve travelers who came to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, but the cases are not linked, reports the CDC.

“We wanted to reach the majority of travelers going to and coming back from Arabian Peninsula,” said Christine Pearson from the CDC. “The signs will display information so passengers can protect themselves while they’re traveling and know what to look out for when they get back.”

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