INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Public health officials are trying to identify anyone who could have come into contact with the man infected with MERS.
He flew from Saudi Arabia to London, to Chicago O’Hare, then rode a bus to Munster, Ind.
The CDC won’t release what airline or bus carrier he was on until they talk to everyone else on those planes or that bus.
“Certainly that could take a long time because you might be contacting hundreds of people and it might be difficult, and contact information might be imperfect,” said Eric Dietz, Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute. “So, it could take some time.”
The CDC says to watch for symptoms of MERS if you’ve traveled to the Arabian Peninsula recently.
It takes up to 14 days to develop a cough, shortness of breath and a fever.
As of Saturday, no other cases of MERS have been identified and the hospital staff who came in contact with the patient are in home quarantined.