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Published on Friday, May 16, 2014
All four Bexar County residents exposed in-flight to the two individuals ill with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been contacted and all remain well, without symptoms. All are at least 14 days post contact. Since the average incubation period of the MERS virus is 5 days, it is highly unlikely that any will become ill. No other exposures have been reported to Metro Health.
Metro Health is assisting the CDC and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in conducting the investigations and has, thus far, collected blood samples on two of the contacts, and is making arrangements to collect a sample on one other contact. The fourth Bexar County contact has declined the blood draw. Metro Public Health Laboratory processes the samples and sends them on to DSHS and the CDC for testing. Results of the blood tests are still pending.
An individual infected with MERS would have symptoms including fever (≥38°C, 100.4°F) plus respiratory symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or pain when coughing and breathing deeply.
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