After being diagnosed with MERS, the patient could soon be released

By WEEK Producer

May 5, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM CDT

MUNSTER, Ind. -- The first patient diagnosed with MERS in the United States could be discharged soon.

On April 27, a healthcare worker from Saudi Arabia, who is visiting the US, tested positive for MERS.

A majority of MERS cases have been in the middle east and are often fatal.

The patient has been isolated in an Indiana hospital.

"Specifically about the patient, he has been improving everyday as was mentioned, he no longer has any oxygen requirements, he's in good spirits, he's eating well, and we have started the discharge planning process at this point. We expect him to be going home soon," said Chief Medical Information Officer at Community Hospital, Alan Kumar.

The center for disease control is checking on all the people who traveled with this patient.

So far no one else has shown symptoms of MERS.

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