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Discharge Planning Continues for MERS Patient

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The discharge planning continues for the patient diagnosed with the first US case of MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Community Hospital in Munster today reports the man, a healthcare worker in Saudi Arabia who made a planned visit to northwest Indiana, continues to improve and is expected to be released to home isolation soon where he will remain until he is cleared by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hospital officials report there is no risk to the community at large and employees who had direct contact with the patient remain off-duty, in temporary home isolation and are being closely monitored for symptoms until the the incubation period ends.
For questions about MERS, call the Indiana State Department of Health hotline at 1-877-826-0011, which is being answered daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. A voicemail system is available for callers to leave a message during off hours. All calls will be returned the following day.
To keep you and your family healthy by reducing your risk of disease, follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tips below:
·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
·        Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
·        Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.


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