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Officials: Second U.S. Case of MERS Being Reported

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Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
 
The virus is MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. A third of those who develop symptoms die from it.
 
Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. But earlier this month a first U.S. case was diagnosed in a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.

CDC scientists do not know exactly how MERS spreads, but they do not believe it's from casual contact.  (AP)
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