MERS virus patient released from hospital

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) – The first American diagnosed with MERS, a mysterious virus from the Middle East, has been released from a northwestern Indiana hospital.

Community Hospital in Munster says the patient was released Friday, and is considered fully recovered and has been cleared to travel if necessary.

Community Hospital chief medical information officer Dr. Alan Kumar says the patient has tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and “poses no threat to the community.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the patient is an American man. He flew from Saudi Arabia to Chicago on April 24 and took a bus to Indiana. He sought treatment last Monday and was diagnosed with MERS.

The MERS virus belongs to the Coronavirus family that also includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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