Official: MERS patient released from hospital

MUNSTER, Ind. - The patient who was being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was released from a Munster hospital on Friday, health officials said.

The patient is considered to be fully recovered and has been cleared to come off isolation and may travel if necessary.

"The patient has tested negative for MERS, is no longer symptomatic and poses no threat to the community," said Dr. Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer, Community Hospital in Munster. "Community Hospital finalized its discharge plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health, and the patient was discharged from the hospital. We are proud of our medical staff for recognizing and responding quickly to this incident, and we wish to thank the CDC and the ISDH for their assistance and collaboration."

The Indiana patient is the first American citizen diagnosed with MERS. He flew from Saudi Arabia to Chicago on April 24 and took a bus to Indiana.

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