MERS Patient Released From Hospital

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

MERS Patient Released From Hospital

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- The patient with the first confirmed case of MERS in the U.S. has been released from the hospital, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

According to officials, the patient has made a full recovery and past all tests required to medically clear him.

“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.”

The victim fell ill after he traveled from Saudi Arabia to London then to Chicago on April 24th. He was hospitalized days later and had been in isolation until his release. Hospital staff who had contact with him have been off-duty at home and are being monitored for symptoms.

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