Whelp, here it is. A third case of MERS has surfaced in Illinois. Unlike the previous two cases, the patient had not traveled to the Middle East. Instead, he had personal contact with the first patient, who had contracted it abroad.

While MERS has killed a little above 1 in 4 infected, the survival has been better in recent cases who receive earlier treatment.

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This just stresses the importance of organizations of the CDC, who can detect and track these cases early on before they become an epidemic. Of course, nothing much for us to worry about now, but a good reminder to wash your hands before touching your face! And run at least 8 feet away from any sneezing folk.