Second U.S. case of deadly MERS virus found in Florida

Monday, May 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

Doug Stanglin
USA TODAY
May 12, 2014

The second imported case of the deadly MERS respiratory virus in the United States has been confirmed in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control announced Monday.

The CDC and the Florida department of Health are investigating the latest case of the virus, known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The CDC did not elaborate on the specific location or background of the latest incident, which first broke on Twitter.

Officials from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health scheduled a 2 p.m. ET news conference to discuss the latest case.

By designating the latest case as “imported,” the CDC indicated that it was brought in from outside the United States.

The first case, discovered in Indiana on May 2, involved a male health care worker who was living and working in Saudi Arabia, which has recorded most of the case of MERS.

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