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Atlanta (CNN) --
The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome believed to be transmitted within the United States has been identified in an Illinois man who was infected and is no longer sick, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. MERS virus detected in U.S. Hospitals prepare for MERS outbreak Second U.S. case of MERS confirmed.
The unidentified Illinois man had "extended face-to-face contact" during a 40-minute business meeting with an Indiana man who was diagnosed with MERS after traveling from Saudi Arabia, Dr. David Swerdlow told reporters during a telephone briefing.
A blood test confirmed the Illinois man had been previously infected, and he reported suffering only mild cold-like symptoms and did not seek or require medical care, Swerdlow said. "We think that this patient was likely infected with MERS. But technically he doesn't count as an official case of MERS," he said.
The case does not meet the World Health Organization definition of an active case, which requires evidence of a live virus, according to Swordlow. Even so, U.S. health officials appear to be treating it as one.