First case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States

CDC confirmed the first US case of MERS in a traveller from Riyadh to Indiana.

All suspect cases of MERS should be reported to the McHenry County Department of Health immediately. A suspect case, as defined by the CDC, is:

A patient under investigation (PUI) is a person with the following characteristics:

  • Fever (≥38°C, 100.4°F) and pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (based on clinical or radiological evidence);

AND EITHER

  • history of travel from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula within 14 days before symptom onset;

OR

  • close contact with a symptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness (not necessarily pneumonia) within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula

OR

  • is a member of a cluster of patients with severe acute respiratory illness (e.g. fever and pneumonia requiring hospitalization) of unknown etiology in which MERS-CoV is being evaluated, in consultation with state and local health departments.

Any suspect cases must be reported immediately. Please contact the McHenry County Department of Health 815-459-5757