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Published On: Tue, May 6th, 2014

Indiana MERS patient in ‘good condition’, hospital working on discharge plans

In an update from the Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, the patient who was admitted with a confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) last week is recovering well and in good condition, according to hospital officials.

 

 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Image/CDC

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Image/CDC

The hospital has begun working on discharge plans for the patient, who is expected to be released to home isolation in the coming days. He will remain in home isolation until he is cleared by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as no longer an infectious risk to the public.

“Regarding the affected patient, at no time during his stay in the hospital were any other patients or visitors at risk because he was in a private setting at all times and the MERS virus is believed to require very close contact for transmission,” said Don Fesko, Community Hospital CEO.

As a precaution, employees who had direct contact with the patient remain off-duty and in temporary home isolation and are being closely monitored for symptoms. These employees have tested negative for MERS, and the hospital continues with daily monitoring. There have been no reported cases of people without symptoms transmitting this virus. The affected employees’ incubation period ends Sunday, May 11, and they will be tested shortly thereafter to confirm a second negative test prior to being cleared to return to work.

Additionally, laboratory tests are negative for the patient’s close family contacts. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

 

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