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MERS makes first U.S. appearance, in Indiana

Friday - May 02, 2014

(CNN) -- The first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been reported in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health are conducting a joint investigation into the case, according to a CDC statement.

Further details were to be released at a briefing at 3 p.m. ET.

The coronavirus, known as MERS-CoV, was first reported in the Middle East -- specifically, the Arabian Peninsula -- in 2012.

Since then, it has sickened 339 people in Saudi Arabia alone and killed nearly a third of them, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health. Late last month, Saudi officials noted a spike in new cases.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) from CDC
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