Illinois health officials aware of MERS virus case


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials say they’re aware that an American infected with a mysterious Middle East virus was on a flight to Chicago last week and then traveled by bus to Indiana.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday they’re working with federal and Chicago public health agencies to investigate the first U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

Health officials say they don’t consider passengers on the plane or the bus to be at high risk. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will contact them beginning Saturday as a precaution.

If the CDC identifies anyone sick with possible MERS, it will notify Chicago and Illinois health departments.

Illinois residents and medical professionals who have concerns or questions should call 1-844-565-0256. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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