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Learning more about the MERS virus

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As we first reported Monday, the third case of MERS, was confirmed just one state away in Illinois after a man caught it from an Indiana man during a business meeting.
It was the first case of MERS that has been transmitted in the United States.

Dr. Nasia Safdar, an Infectious Disease Specialist at UW-Health stopped by the WKOW studio to tell us more about the virus.

Dr. Safdar says MERS, or Middle East Respiratory System was an illness that was first reported in the Saudi Arabia region in 2012.

She says most people who get the virus develop a severe respiratory illness that could include a fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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