Patient being tested for possible case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

OPELIKA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The patient has tested negative for MERS, but is still undergoing additional testing to completely rule it out.

A patient in Opelika was admitted to a hospital on Thursday with respiratory problems.

The patient had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, so the Alabama Department of Public Health’s State Laboratory is running a panel of respiratory tests, including one for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MER-CoV).

The CDC reports that most MERS patients develop severe respiratory illness and experience symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. MERS carries a 30-40 percent mortality rate.

 

According to a media release sent by The Alabama Department of Public Health, “The patient was placed in negative pressure isolation and a decision was made to perform a respiratory panel of tests”.

There are currently no results available at this time.

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