(Story updated at 2:50 p.m. ET.)
A second U.S. case of MERS has been confirmed in Florida, and it is unrelated to the recent case in Indiana, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health said Monday.
Calling it “the unwelcome but not unexpected news” of a second U.S. incidence of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a news briefing that the Florida case involves a healthcare provider who lives and works in Saudi Arabia and traveled from that country to Florida on May 1.
On May 8, this person visited a Florida hospital's emergency room and was admitted the same day, Frieden said.
The Florida case is not linked to the first U.S. MERS case reported in Indiana early this month, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general over the U.S. Public Health Service and director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.