The second US case of a deadly Middle Eastern virus has been confirmed in Florida, according to federal and state health officials. Florida’s case of Middle East respiratory syndrome comes just days after the first patient was released from the hospital.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health announced the MERS case ten days after the first case was confirmed in Indiana. That infected patient was an unnamed healthcare worker who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.
The CDC and Florida Department of Health announced during a press conference Monday that the second patient is also a healthcare worker living and working in Saudi Arabia. The person was hospitalized in isolation in Orlando, Fla., during a visit with family. Officials said the patient flew from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to London, and began to feel unwell on that flight. The MERS victim then flew from London to Boston, arriving in the US on May 1, then flying through Atlanta before arriving in Orlando. The patient did not visit any theme parks in Orlando.