UPDATE: MERS patient in Indiana

Published 05/06 2014 02:32PM

Updated 05/06 2014 02:40PM

We're now learning more about the man who was diagnosed with the first US case of a deadly virus typically found in the Middle East.

Last week, a patient at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana was diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. 

The man recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to provide health care.

Hospital officials say the patient is in good condition, though they are maintaining isolation to protect other patients and staff.

Governor Mike Pence had this to say: "Here in Indiana, health comes first.  We have no higher priority than the health and well-being of our people.  From the first time our administration was alerted to the possibility that the first US case of the MERS virus had appears in Indiana, we deployed the full resources of the Indiana State Dept of Health to diagnose this case and work to prevent the spread of the virus.  We are personally relieved and thankful that the patient who contacted this virus is improving and may well be going home shortly.  We will continue to keep the person and all those who may have come in contact in our prayers."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, MERS comes from the same group of viruses as the common cold and attacks the respiratory system.  Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

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