CDC confirms two cases of MERS Virus in U.S.

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Posted: May 14, 2014 10:36 AM by Hunter Robinson
Source: CNN

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Topics: Center for Disease Control, CDC, travel, MERS, virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, symptoms, vaccine, treatment, warning, fliers

NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus.

A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a result, the CDC has begun handing out fliers at some airports to warn travelers about the symptoms of the virus.

MERS is also known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It has many of the same symptoms as the flu. Just like the flu, it can be deadly, particularly in young or elderly patients.

Right now there is no vaccine for MERS. Instead doctors treat the virus depending on what symptoms patients show. The good news is that MERS doesn't transfer very easily. You would have to come in direct contact with someone who has it to contract it.

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