Patient with SARS2 / MERS in the US

From the AP, May 2, 2014

Health officials say a deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S.

No details about the case have been released. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned a Friday afternoon briefing about the case.

The CDC says it is investigating along with health officials in Indiana.

According to an NBC report, the patient traveled by plane on April 24, 2014, from Saudi Arabia to London, then from London to Chicago. NBC cited the CDC as its source.

The CDC believes the patient took a bus from Chicago to Indiana, but did not specify the destination. The patient began to feel ill on April 27th and went to an emergency room on the 28th.

The obvious question now is: were others infected by this patient?

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Update May 3, 2014

The patient is a healthcare worker.

Flight information:

British Airways flight 262 from Riyadh to London April 24, 2014
American Airlines flight 99 from London to Chicago April 24, 2014

The bus the patient took to Indiana has not been disclosed. One possibility is Tri State Coach / United Limo (CoachUSA) 8144 Indianapolis which travels directly from O’Hare to Highland, Indiana (adjacent to Munster where the patient is currently hospitalised). Given an arrival time in O’Hare of 10:22AM [h/t NawtyBits], the bus they most likely took would be the one that arrived in Highland at 12:20 or 1:20 PM on April 24, 2014. It would be helpful for public health authorities to disclose the bus information so that all passengers could be most quickly alerted to their exposure to this patient.

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Update May 8, 2014

The bus suggested above has now been confirmed (h/t Pixie)

From WTHR, May 7, 2014

Individuals who took a shuttle bus from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois to Highland, Indiana on April 24, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CST, are asked to call the CDC hotline at 1-866-933-5295

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