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Statement from IN State Dept. of Health on MERS

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WFIE) -

The Indiana State Department of Health says it's working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify potential additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and to prevent further transmission of the disease.

"I want to assure every Hoosier that we have deployed the full resources of the Indiana State Department of Health to engage in tracking this case, assessing the risk to the public, and working to prevent the spread of this virus," said Governor Mike Pence.  "We are working in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encourage those who may have been exposed to this virus to report any symptoms to their medical provider and take all necessary precautions.  Further, I commend Community Hospital in Munster, their staff and physicians for their swift professionalism in diagnosing and addressing this case.

According to the State Department of Health, MERS is not easily spread from person-to-person, but close contacts of people with the disease can develop infections.

There is a hotline for Hoosiers to call with questions.  It will be open seven days a week until further notice from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number is 1-877-826-0011.

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