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  • Giuseppe
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    Re: Indiana / Illinois / Suburban Chicago : Man with first U.S. case of novel coronaviurs/MERS infection released from hospital in Munster

    [Source: State of Indiana Department of Health, full page: (LINK).]


    MERS Patient Released From Hospital (5/10/2014)

    Start Date: 5/10/2014 - Start Time: 12:00 AM - End Date: 5/10/2014


    INDIANAPOLIS—The individual who was being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was released from Community Hospital in Munster today, health officials say. The patient is considered to be fully recovered and has been cleared by health officials to come off of isolation and may travel, if necessary.

    “The patient has tested negative for MERS, is no longer symptomatic and poses no threat to the community,” said Dr. Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer, Community Hospital in Munster.

    “Community Hospital finalized its discharge plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health, and the patient was discharged from the hospital. We are proud of our medical staff for recognizing and responding quickly to this incident, and we wish to thank the CDC and the ISDH for their assistance and collaboration.”

    Multiple tests done at different times by the Indiana State Laboratory and CDC were negative for the presence of ongoing MERS infection in the patient.

    No additional cases of MERS have been identified.

    “The hospital and the State Health Department are taking every precaution as the patient is released,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner William C. VanNess II, M.D. “This case demonstrates that any infectious disease in the world is only a plane ride away. I encourage all of our healthcare providers to remain vigilant in looking for any future cases.”

    On April 24, the patient traveled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London then to Chicago by air, arrived at O'Hare Airport and traveled by bus to the Highland, Indiana area. The CDC and state health departments have contacted the vast majority of passengers on the flights and the bus; none of them are symptomatic. There has been no definitive evidence of community-level transmission of this virus, such as from casual contact.

    Hospital staff who had direct contact with the patient continue to remain off-duty and in temporary home isolation and are being closely monitored for symptoms. These staff members will be allowed to return to work following the incubation period and confirmed negative laboratory results.

    The Indiana State Department of Health has closed the MERS hotline, as calls have slowed down significantly.

    “This case of MERS in Indiana vividly demonstrates the critical role of public health in the community,” said Dr. VanNess. “I’m especially proud of our staff at the Indiana State Department of Health, including our epidemiologists, and our public affairs and State Laboratory teams for working around the clock to confirm this disease, track it, and communicate with Hoosiers and the world about the situation as it has progressed.”

    For more information about MERS, please visit the websites below.

    For important health updates, follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/1...pital-23664246



    1st American MERS Patient Released From Hospital
    MUNSTER, Ind. May 10, 2014 (AP)
    Associated Press

    The first American diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East has been released from a northwestern Indiana hospital.

    Community Hospital in Munster says the patient was released Friday, is considered fully recovered and has been cleared to travel, if necessary.

    Community Hospital chief medical information officer Dr. Alan Kumar says the patient has tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and "poses no threat to the community."...

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  • Pathfinder
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    Statement from Community Hospital

    MERS UPDATE
    MAY 6, 2014

    The patient diagnosed with the first U.S. case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), continues to improve and is listed in good condition. The hospital has begun working on discharge plans for the patient, who is expected to be released to home isolation in the coming days. He will remain in home isolation until he is cleared by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as no longer an infectious risk to the public.

    “Regarding the affected patient, at no time during his stay in the hospital were any other patients or visitors at risk because he was in a private setting at all times and the MERS virus is believed to require very close contact for transmission,” said Don Fesko, Community Hospital CEO.

    The Centers for Disease Control and the Indiana State Department of Health have commended Community Hospital for its quick actions to identify MERS and isolate the patient, who did not have contact with any other patients or visitors prior to that time. As a precaution, employees who had direct contact with the patient remain off-duty and in temporary home isolation and are being closely monitored for symptoms. These employees have tested negative for MERS, and the hospital continues with daily monitoring. There have been no reported cases of people without symptoms transmitting this virus. The affected employees’ incubation period ends Sunday, May 11, and they will be tested shortly thereafter to confirm a second negative test prior to being cleared to return to work.

    Additionally, laboratory tests are negative for the patient’s close family contacts.

    For questions about MERS, call the Indiana State Department of Health hotline at 1-877-826-0011, which is being answered daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. A voicemail system is available for callers to leave a message during off hours. All calls will be returned the following day.

    http://www.comhs.org/community/pr_view.asp?pr=432

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  • Pathfinder
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    Date: 5/4/2014

    Statement from Community Hospital

    NO ADDITIONAL CASES OF MERS IDENTIFIED AT THIS TIME

    Patient is Continuing to Improve

    The first identified U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was diagnosed this week at Community Hospital, Munster, Indiana. The patient, whose name is being kept confidential, remains hospitalized in good condition and is improving each day. As of today, no other cases of MERS have been identified.

    “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. “The individual has received excellent care while at Community Hospital in Munster. The swift diagnosis and precautionary measures taken have undoubtedly greatly helped reduce the risk of this potentially serious virus spreading.”

    The Indiana State Department of Health is working with the hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others to monitor the situation and prevent the spread of the virus. Representatives from the CDC arrived in Indianapolis yesterday to assist and arrived at the hospital this morning.

    Since symptoms of MERS may take up to 14 days to occur, staff members at the hospital who had direct contact with the patient prior to the patient being placed in full isolation have been taken off duty and placed in temporary home isolation. Those individuals are being closely monitored for any signs or symptoms of the virus and will be allowed to return to work once the incubation period is over and they have confirmed negative laboratory results. There have been no reported cases of people without symptoms transmitting this virus.

    “The patient is in full isolation and presents no risk to patients, staff or the general community,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital in Munster. “We are thoroughly prepared to handle respiratory infections. We continue to work closely with the CDC and State Health Department and are following every recommendation. Safety is our top priority.”

    For questions about MERS, please call the Indiana State Department of Health hotline at 1-877-826-0011, which is being answered daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. A voicemail system is available for callers to leave a message during off hours. All calls will be returned first thing the following morning.

    To keep you and your family healthy by reducing your risk of disease, follow CDC’s tips below:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

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    http://www.comhs.org/community/pr_view.asp?pr=432

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  • Giuseppe
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    [Source: State of Indiana Department of Health, full page: (LINK).]


    No Additional Cases of MERS Identified at This Time (5/4/2014)

    Start Date: 5/4/2014 - Start Time: 12:00 AM - End Date: 5/4/2014


    INDIANAPOLIS—The first identified U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was diagnosed this week at Community Hospital, Munster, Indiana. The patient, whose name is being kept confidential, remains hospitalized in good condition and is improving each day. As of today, no other cases of MERS have been identified.

    “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.

    “The individual has received excellent care while at Community Hospital in Munster. The swift diagnosis and precautionary measures taken have undoubtedly greatly helped reduce the risk of this potentially serious virus spreading.”

    The Indiana State Department of Health is working with the hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others to monitor the situation and prevent the spread of the virus. Representatives from the CDC arrived in Indianapolis yesterday to assist and arrived at the hospital this morning.

    Since symptoms of MERS may take up to 14 days to occur, staff members at the hospital who had direct contact with the patient prior to the patient being placed in full isolation have been taken off duty and placed in temporary home isolation.

    Those individuals are being closely monitored for any signs or symptoms of the virus and will be allowed to return to work once the incubation period is over and they have confirmed negative laboratory results.
    There have been no reported cases of people without symptoms transmitting this virus.

    “The patient is in full isolation and presents no risk to patients, staff or the general community,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital in Munster.

    “We are thoroughly prepared to handle respiratory infections. We continue to work closely with the CDC and State Health Department and are following every recommendation. Safety is our top priority.”

    For questions about MERS, please call the Indiana State Department of Health hotline at 1-877-826-0011, which is being answered daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. A voicemail system is available for callers to leave a message during off hours. All calls will be returned first thing the following morning.

    To keep you and your family healthy by reducing your risk of disease, follow CDC’s tips below:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

    For more information, please visit the websites below.

    For important health updates, follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

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  • Giuseppe
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    [Source: WHTR, full page: (LINK).]


    Indiana health officials: MERS patient improving - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS – (…) The Indiana Department of Health says in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community Hospital in Munster in good condition and is "improving each day."

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  • Treyfish
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    Representatives from Community Health Care System declined comment Saturday, but the the Indiana State Department of Health said hospital staff with direct contact prior to the patient being placed in full isolation have been taken off duty and placed in temporary home isolation. They’ll be monitored for symptoms and allowed to return to work only when the incubation period has passed and they have tested negative for MERS.http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/la...l#.U2W2KaIkA7o

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  • Treyfish
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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,3690117.story

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  • Treyfish
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    ...Mesecar said he doesn't think people should be too concerned about MERS if they haven't been to the Middle East or had contact with someone from the Middle East.
    MERS can spread from person to person, but officials believe that happens only after close contact. Mesecar said officials haven't yet been able to define exactly what close contact means, saying they do know someone sitting in the front of a plane doesn't have to worry about catching it from someone in the back of the plane.
    "It's hard to define that right now," he said. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/05...no-update.html

    Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/05...#storylink=cpy

    ...A Purdue University biology professor said Saturday that the illness’s presence in Indiana shows why research about the coronavirus family that causes everything from the common cold to MERS to SARS is important.
    “We really need to understand the differences in these coronaviruses so we can have … therapeutics or know how to make vaccines, a lot like we do with the flu now,” Andrew Mesecar said.
    Mesecar is part of a Purdue team that has been working to develop a pill that would help people who have been infected with SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, recover and help protect those who know they have been exposed to it. In 2003, SARS killed hundreds of people, mostly in Asia, in a short-lived outbreak.... http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2...chers/8676223/


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  • Treyfish
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    Munster hospital has no update on MERS patient

    Posted: May 03, 2014 7:36 PM EST INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A northwest Indiana hospital is not releasing any new information on the condition of a man who is the first American to be infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
    The man fell ill with Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after flying to the U.S. last week from Saudi Arabia. Calls to Community Hospital in Munster referred the media to the Borshoff public relations firm in Indianapolis, where spokeswoman Andrea Farmer said the hospital does not plan to give daily updates. The man was listed in good condition on Friday...http://www.fox19.com/story/25421879/...n-mers-patient

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  • Pathfinder
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    CDC experts arrive in NW Indiana to investigate 1st U.S. case of MERS

    43 mins ago
    by Frank Holland
    Anchor/Reporter

    Investigators from the Center for Disease Control arrived at the Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana this morning to take over the treatment of the first patient in the U.S. with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.
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    The man infected is a U.S. healthcare worker who was living and working in Saudi Arabia.

    He came to Indiana for a conference and when he became ill he went to stay with family according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

    The MERS patient flew from Saudi Arabia to London and then to O’Hare Airport before taking a bus to Indiana on April 24th.

    After feeling ill, the man went to the emergency room at Community Hospital on April 28th, where doctors diagnosed him with MERS.
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    The patient’s family and healthcare workers he had contact with will be monitored closely for signs of MERS.

    The CDC is also contacting passengers that shared a plane or bus with the infected man.
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    Hospital officials say anyone who was in Community Hospital on April 28th between 6:30pm and 9:30pm should also see a health professional as a precaution.

    http://wgntv.com/2014/05/03/cdc-expe...-case-of-mers/

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  • Giuseppe
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    Much more importat questions raises the fact that a patient remained for three hours in an Emergency department.

    I think triage officers should revise the algorithm when receiving patients from M.E. region.

    Source: CIDRAP, http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-persp...bia-healthcare

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    The hospital has contacted "all high-risk individuals" about the case, the IDPH said.

    It said anyone who visited the hospital's emergency department between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Apr 28 should contact their healthcare provider if they experience symptoms.

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  • Giuseppe
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    Originally posted by Giuseppe Michieli View Post
    As stated by Public Health England, for travelers who shared the same airplane with the US 1st confirmed case, the maximum incubation period for MERS is up to 14 days. So, in the unlikely case someone will develop symptoms BEFORE MAY 9, it is useful to contact an health care provider.

    After MAY 9, the likelihood of developing a MERS-related condition will be even less probable...
    [Source: Public Health England, full page: (LINK).]

    Press release: Case of suspected MERS-CoV detected on flight throught London


    Public Health England was today advised of a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in a person flying from Riyadh to Chicago and transiting through London on Thursday, April 24 2014. Positive diagnosis was confirmed by the United States Centre for Disease Control on Friday evening (UK time).

    The passenger, who is not a UK national, was on British Airways Flight 262 from Riyadh to London, and transferred at Heathrow for onward travel to the USA, where they were later hospitalised with suspected MERS-CoV.

    The risk of the infection being passed to other passengers on Flight 262 is extremely low.

    However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England has contacted UK passengers who were sitting in the vicinity of the affected passenger to provide health information.

    Any UK based passengers on Flight 262 on April 24 who have since become unwell or experienced respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath are advised to contact NHS 111.

    PHE will also work with the US health authorities to contact any UK passengers on the April 24 onward flight from London to Chicago, American Airlines Flight 99.

    The period between exposure and when symptoms might develop (the incubation period) for MERS-CoV is currently considered to be up to 14 days.

    Any illness that passengers might experience more than 14 days after the flight (i.e. starting on or after Friday 9 May), would not be considered to be related.

    There is presently no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of MERS-CoV, and the risk of contracting infection in the UK remains very low.

    MERS-CoV is a new type of coronavirus, first identified in a Middle Eastern citizen in 2012. Although cases continue to be reported from the Middle East, no new cases of MERS-CoV have been detected in the UK since February 2013.

    Professor Nick Phin, Head of Respiratory Diseases for Public Health England said:

    “The risk is very low and human to human transmission of MERS-CoV is extremely rare, but we would ask any passengers from British Airways Flight 262 on 24 April to contact NHS 111 if they’re experiencing respiratory symptoms or have felt unwell since their flight.”

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  • Giuseppe
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    As stated by Public Health England, for travelers who shared the same airplane with the US 1st confirmed case, the maximum incubation period for MERS is up to 14 days. So, in the unlikely case someone will develop symptoms BEFORE MAY 9, it is useful to contact an health care provider.

    After MAY 9, the likelihood of developing a MERS-related condition will be even less probable...

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  • sharon sanders
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    Originally posted by Pathfinder View Post

    For more information about MERS-CoV, please visit: http://www.in.gov/isdh/25796.htm

    FOR THE PUBLIC:
    If you have general questions regarding MERS, please call the Indiana State Department of Health hotline at 1-877-826-0011 which is being answered daily, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, EST. Messages can be left which will be answered the next day.

    If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fever, and recently traveled to Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates in the past 14 days or traveled on a plane from London to Chicago or on a bus from O’Hare to Highland, IN, on Thursday, April 24, please contact your health care provider.

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    http://www.comhs.org/community/pr_view.asp?pr=432

    Thank you to the local organizations for the disclosures.

    Above is the best advice I have seen. If you are feeling sick and you were on either of the flights mentioned in post 1, or on the bus, or in any of the areas related to these modes of transport, contact your health care provider.

    We have seen symptoms of breathing difficulties and gastrointestinal problems. There is also a case mentioned in the press of a man who was described as having coronavirus in the lining of his brain. This would cause headaches, and maybe sensitivity to light.

    So essentiallly, if you are feeling sick at all, contact your medical practitioner.

    If you go to an emergency room, clinic, or doctor's office, have a companion get a mask and gloves for you to wear before you go inside.

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