Suspected MERS patient test results confirmed as negative
The test for MERS-CoV was conducted by the Alabama Department of Public Health Bureau of Clinical Laboratories.
The negative results were part of the follow-up tests of a patient who lives in Alabama.
The patient originally went to a local hospital in Alabama on Aug. 13. The individual complained of respiratory difficulties. The patient had recently traveled to and from Saudi Arabia. In light of this travel history, health care professionals hospitalized the patient in negative – pressure isolation. The physicians chose to run a panel of respiratory tests to confirm whether the patient had MERS-CoV.
It was only recently announced that both the initial as well as the secondary tests came back as negative for the virus.
The people who came into contact with the potential MERS-CoV patient have received confirmation that they can end their self-inflicted isolation as well as monitoring.
MERS-CoV, a new positive-sense, single-strand RNA virus, was originally identified in 2012. Researchers discovered the virus when conducting genome sequencing involving a virus taken from sputum samples from a patient who had a new flu during a 2012 outbreak.