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MERS patient released from Munster Hospital

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Health officials say the patient who was being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was released from Munster's Community Hospital today.

A hospital spokesperson says the patient tested negative for MERS, does not have any more symptoms and poses no threat to the community. The patient has also been cleared to travel. The hospital finalized the discharge plan with the CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Late last week,

 
On April 24, the patient traveled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London then to Chicago by air, arrived at O'Hare Airport and traveled by bus to the Highland, Indiana area. The CDC and state health departments have contacted the vast majority of passengers on the flights and the bus; none of them are symptomatic. There has been no definitive evidence of community-level transmission of this virus, such as from casual contact. 
 
Hospital staff who had direct contact with the patient continue to remain off-duty and in temporary home isolation and are being closely monitored for symptoms. These staff members will be allowed to return to work following the incubation period and confirmed negative laboratory results.
 
The Indiana State Department of Health has closed the MERS hotline, as calls have slowed down significantly.
 
“This case of MERS in Indiana vividly demonstrates the critical role of public health in the community,” said Dr. VanNess. “I’m especially proud of our staff at the Indiana State Department of Health, including our epidemiologists, and our public affairs and State Laboratory teams for working around the clock to confirm this disease, track it, and communicate with Hoosiers and the world about the situation as it has progressed.”
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