|MERS Virus. Credit: National Institute of Health|
Officials say that the patient in the second case is a health care provider in Sauidi Arabia who traveled by plane on May 1st from Saudi Arabia to London to Boston to Atlanta and finally to Orlando, Florida.
Florida’s State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John H. Armstrong said during a press conference that the patient was visiting family and did not visit any theme parks.
The patient was admitted to a yet-to-be-identified Florida hospital on May 8th and is currently in airborne isolation.
This latest MERS case comes just ten days after the first confirmed infection was discovered on May 2, 2014.
As of May 12, the World Health Organization has recorded 538 lab-confirmed cases of MERS worldwide. 145 deaths have been attributed to MERS worldwide.