CDC concludes Indiana MERS patient did not spread virus to Illinois business associate


After completing a series of more definitive laboratory tests, CDC officials announced today that an Illinois resident was not infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during a business meeting he had with a man later hospitalized in Indiana and confirmed to have MERS.


David Swerdlow, M.D. (CAPT, USPHS), incident manager for MERS-CoV response activities; and associate director for science in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Mark Pallansch, PhD Director of the Division of Viral Diseases in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases


Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., ET


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