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- Updated: May 5, 2014
A man [name kept confidential to protect is identify] who had been known to be suffering from the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is doing better. The patient was hospitalized for treatment at the Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., which is the first U.S. facility to admit a patient with the deadly virus.
He is still under observation and is in better condition. Doctors are hopeful as his condition is improving with each passing day as per a statement made by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Authorities have been on alert for any more reports of this virus infection floating in and have found none since Saturday.
The patient is a male healthcare specialist who was said to have travelled to the Middle East. His symptoms began to show up once he arrived back in the U.S. “We are very pleased the patient is improving and no other cases have been identified at this time,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess II, M.D. in the statement. He went on to say that the victim has gotten complete attention and with quick diagnosis and immediate measure the situation has been brought under control. This has significantly reduced the risk of this virus spreading.
The IDSDH is working in tandem with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep tabs on the situation and curtail it from becoming rampant. It is said that the symptoms of this virus could take about 14 days to show. So anyone that this patient has come in contact with has been placed in isolation for observation. They will be checked for any signs of this virus making an appearance and will be released once the incubation period of this virus is over. Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital assured people in a statement made saying, “The patient is in full isolation and presents no risk to patients, staff or the general community.”