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May 5, 2014 11:39 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Update set on 1st US MERS virus case in Indiana


MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - Federal and state health officials are scheduled to discuss their response to the illness of a man in northwestern Indiana who's the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus from the Middle East.

Health agencies said the patient was in good condition Sunday at a Munster hospital.

Officials say the man fell ill with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, after flying to the U.S. last month from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker.

At least 400 cases of the respiratory illness have been reported in the past two years, and more than 100 people have died. Officials say it isn't highly contagious, but there is no cure.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is to join health officials for a Monday news conference in Munster.

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