MERS patient released from hospital

FILE - This file photo shows a colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012. Health officials on Friday, May 2, 2014 said the deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S. (AP File Photo/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/The Canadian Press)
FILE - This file photo shows a colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012. Health officials on Friday, May 2, 2014 said the deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S. (AP File Photo/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/The Canadian Press)

MUNSTER, Ind. (WLFI) – The man being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Indiana has been released from the hospital.

Community Hospital in Munster said the patient was sent home Friday. He is considered fully recovered and has been cleared to travel.

Doctors said the man now tests negative for the virus known as MERS and “poses no threat to the community.”

As News 18 has reported, the man flew from Saudi Arabia to Chicago last month, then took a bus to Indiana where he’s been undergoing treatment ever since.

He is the first American diagnosed with the virus.

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