First MERS Patient in U.S. is Improving


TIME

The first patient in the U.S. to be infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus is improving, and may be sent home soon, doctors said Monday.

The unnamed patient, who was diagnosed with the MERS virus on Friday, is in good condition at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind. He no longer needs oxygen support, said Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer at Community Hospital, in a press conference. The patient is eating and walking around, and the hospital expects that he will be going home soon.

The patient was placed in full isolation upon arrival at the hospital Friday, and all staff members who had contact with him previously have tested negative for the disease. These staff members are still being closely monitored for any symptoms of the virus, and will be allowed to return to work after the incubation period for the disease is over, which…

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