Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Public Health Officials Reassure Illinoisans after First Case of a Serious Virus in the U.S.

Friday - May 02, 2014

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the U.S. The patient was on a flight last Thursday, April 24, 2014 from London to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and then took a bus to Indiana.

"We will continue to work with the CDC and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) concerning the MERS-CoV patient who traveled from London to Chicago and then to Indiana," said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

"The CDC, IDPH and CDPH do not consider passengers on the flight or bus to be close contacts1 of the patient and therefore are not at high risk."

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