May 12 U.S. health officials said on Monday a
second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the
Middle East, has been confirmed in the state of Florida.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
confirmed the presence of the virus, known formally as Middle
East Respiratory Syndrome, with health officials from Florida.
The CDC said in a statement the case was the second
"imported" case of MERS, meaning a traveler contracted the virus
in another country and brought it to U.S. shores. The first such
imported case involved a man who flew from Saudi Arabia and
traveled to Indiana earlier this month.
(Reporting by Michele Gershberg and Julie Steenhuysen; Editing
by Chris Reese)