There is a health alert that hits close to home about the potentially deadly MERS virus.Doctors confirm a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, in a Florida patient who recently traveled through New England.The patient traveled through Boston Logan Airport last week, now the CDC is working to track down everyone who might have been exposed to the virus on one of his many flights from Saudi Arabia.The man infected with the MERS virus was traveling from Saudi Arabia on May 1. He traveled through London, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando, he's now recovering in an Orlando, Florida hospital and is said to be doing well.This is the second reported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the United States. Both cases came from health care workers.Symptoms of MERS include fever, chills, shortness of breath and coughing. Doctors say the risk of infection to anyone on this man's flights remains low.As they learn more about the virus the less likely it is to be fatal."The second confirmed MERS virus in the United States reminds us that we're all connected so it's really important not only that we do a good job here but that we work with other countries to find new infections faster, stop them properly and prevent them from spreading wherever possible," a CDC official announced Monday.There have been 538 cases of MERS virus and 145 deaths, most of which were in Saudi Arabia.An earlier, unlinked U.S. patient diagnosed with MERS was released from an Indiana hospital late last week.MERS is part of the coronavirus family of viruses, which includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. MERS can cause symptoms including fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.Scientists believe camels likely play a role in initial infections. The disease can then spread between people, but typically only when they are in close contact with one another, such as with infected patients and health-care workers.
CDC: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome