Officials take back report of MERS spread in U.S.


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you 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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