Officials take back report of MERS spread in US

In this image made from video, a Center for Disease Control health advisory warning travelers about the risks of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is shown at a TSA screening area, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Miami International Airport in Miami. MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. Despite an increase in cases, the virus' spread in the Middle East and beyond isn't a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video, a Center for Disease Control health advisory warning travelers about the risks of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is shown at a TSA screening area, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Miami International Airport in Miami. MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. Despite an increase in cases, the virus' spread in the Middle East and beyond isn't a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials on Wednesday said they were wrong in reporting that a mysterious Middle East virus had apparently spread from one person to another in the United States.

Additional testing has shown the virus did not, in fact, spread to an Illinois man from a traveler he’d met in a business meeting.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the revised diagnosis on Wednesday.

This month, a doctor who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana was identified as the first U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Officials tested people he met, and one test detected antibodies against MERS in the Illinois man. But other tests have now discounted that finding.

MERS has sickened hundreds, mostly, in the Middle East, and killed at least 175.

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