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CDC: Illinois Man Never Actually Contracted MERS

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Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say an Illinois man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, never actually contracted the disease. There are signs, however, that the potentially deadly bug was present at some point in his body. ABC's Steve Osunsami reports that they're actually calling this the first US transmission of the disease. This particular business man from Illinois was tested on or around May 5th, and his tests came back negative. But a subsequent test showed that he had antibodies for the disease in his system, which essentially says to the CDC that his body fought the virus and won.
ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Doctor Richard Besser says the Illinois man tested positive for the disease after spending 40 minutes with the first infected man, from Indiana, and shaking his hand.
A second case was discovered last week in Florida and that patient has been discharged.



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