Health officials on Wednesday backtracked on an earlier report that a mysterious Middle East virus had apparently spread from one person to another in the United States. Additional testing has shown the virus did not, in fact, spread to an Illinois man from a traveler he’d met in a business meeting.
The man had been living in Saudi Arabia, working at a hospital that has patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), but it’s not yet clear if that’s where the man contracted the virus.
The hospital and state confirmed Friday that the patient, who is reported to have recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, was the first confirmed case of the disease in the country.
Health officials say a patient in Indiana, who traveled through Chicago, has contracted a deadly virus from the Middle East, marking the first time the virus has turned up in the United States.