Second US case of MERS virus found in Florida

By Michelle Kapusta,

The second case of the deadly MERS virus has been reported in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.

According to USA Today, the CDC and Florida health officials are investigating the latest case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

CNN noted that the first U.S. case was reported on May 2 in Indiana. Both patients are believed to have contracted the virus overseas.

MERS-CoV was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then cases of the virus have been reported in several other countries including Malaysia, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, France, Italy and Indonesia.

The CDC has said that the virus source may have come from a camel and now can be spread between humans who have had close contact. Some of the symptoms include fever, kidney failure, pneumonia and shortness of breath.

There is no known cure for the virus.

The first U.S. victim to have been stricken with the MERS is said to be recovering and doctors do not believe that he infected anyone else.

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