The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the second imported case of the deadly MERS virus in the United States, in a health care worker who travelled from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Orlando, Florida on May 1st.
The patient travelled on four separate flights between Jeddah and Saudi Arabia – from Jeddah to London, London to Boston, Boston to Atlanta and Atlanta to Orlando. According to Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general in the United States Public Health Service and director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the patient began feeling ill on the initial flight from Jeddah to London and continued to feel unwell throughout the journey – experiencing symptoms including a fever, chills and a slight cough.
The patient visited an emergency room in Orlando on May 8th, and was admitted to the hospital and isolated. The patient is reportedly now stable and doing well. On Sunday night, a Florida public health laboratory confirmed the patient had been infected with the MERS virus using test kits from the CDC.
According to the Dr. John H. Armstrong, Florida’s state surgeon general and secretary of health, the patient was visiting family in Orlando and did not visit any amusement parks.