Munster hospital has no update on MERS patient

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A northwest Indiana hospital is not releasing any new information on the condition of a man who is the first American to be infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

The man fell ill with Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after flying to the U.S. last week from Saudi Arabia. Calls to Community Hospital in Munster referred the media to the Borshoff public relations firm in Indianapolis, where spokeswoman Andrea Farmer said the hospital does not plan to give daily updates. The man was listed in good condition on Friday.

Purdue University biology professor Andrew Mesecar (mess-EE-car) says the illness’s presence in Indiana shows why research about the coronavirus family that causes everything from the common cold to MERS to SARS is important.

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