Man Who Caught MERS No Longer Contagious

The Illinois man who contracted MERS is doing better. Health officials say he’s tested negative for the Middle Eastern Respiratory virus and is not contagious. The man contracted MERS earlier this month after several meetings with someone who came into the states from Saudi Arabia.

MERS has proven to be a very deadly disease in the Middle East, but health officials say the risks of getting the virus are very low in Illinois. Still, they say people should take steps to protect themselves by washing their hands frequently, avoiding touching their faces with unwashed hands and avoiding contact with people who appear sick.

A MERS hotline has been set up. Anyone who has questions can call 844-565-0256.