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MERS Patient to Be Released to Home Isolation Soon

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The first patient in the US diagnosed with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is expected to be released to home isolation in the coming days. Health officials today report, the American man whose name has not been released, continues to improve and is listed in good condition. The man will remain in home isolation until he is cleared by the Indiana State Department of Health and the CDC as no longer being an infectious risk to the public.
Munster Community Hospital CEO Don Fesko says at no time during the patient's stay in the hospital were any other patients or visitors at risk because he was in a private setting and the virus requires very close contact for transmission.
Employees who had direct contact with the patient remain off-duty, in temporary home isolation and while test results have come back negative for the virus, they continue to be closely monitored. The affected employees' incubation period ends on Sunday May 11th, and will be tested shortly thereafter to confirm a second negative test prior to being cleared to return to work.


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