Second Case Of MERS In U.S.

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(CNN) There is a second confirmed case of MERS imported into the United States, the CDC announced Monday.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health are investigating.

The coronavirus, known as MERS-CoV, was first reported in the Middle East — specifically, the Arabian Peninsula — in 2012.

Since then, it has sickened 339 people in Saudi Arabia alone and killed nearly a third of them, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health. Late last month, Saudi officials noted a spike in new cases.

MERS-CoV comes from the same group of viruses as the common cold and attacks the respiratory system, according to the CDC.

Symptoms, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

Although many of the cases have occurred on the Arabian Peninsula, people have died of the infection elsewhere, including in European countries and Tunisia in North Africa. Egypt also reported a case on Thursday, according to the World Health Organization.

However, all of the people involved contracted the disease in the Middle East before being diagnosed.

Limited human-to-human transmission of the disease has also occurred in other countries.

The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana.

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