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First US person-to-person transmission

18 May, 2014

US health officials report that an Illinois man, a business associate of the first American diagnosed with the disease, has shown evidence of infection after meeting the first patient twice in late April.  The two men sat face to face during a 40-minute meeting and then had a shorter meeting later.  The Illinois man didn’t get sick enough to seek treatment.  An expert at the CDC notes that the new case highlights how little is known about how the disease the disease spreads and how many people are infected, but he also insists that it doesn’t change their belief that MERS is not spread easily, like flu.