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American MERS patient released from hospital after testing negative

The first US citizen diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was released Friday from a north western Indiana hospital after health officials determined the patient “poses no threat to the community,” the Associated Press has reported. The patient is considered fully recovered and has been cleared by health officials to travel, if necessary, after testing negative for MERS, the Indiana State Department of Health said. According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the patient, who flew from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to the US on April 24, was admitted to Munster hospital’s emergency room April 28 with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Multiple tests done at different times by the Indiana State Laboratory and the CDC “were negative for the presence of ongoing MERS infection in the patient,” State Department of Health said.