Third MERS case confirmed in Illinois

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ILLINOIS – When you think about deadly forces from the Middle East, usually a specific kind of terrorist comes to mind. But this is a different story.

To be clear, we’re not saying that MERS – a respiratory syndrome -is anything sinister. It’s just a bug. But it is contagious and potentially deadly.

Health officials say MERS made its way to Indiana and Florida after people reportedly picked it up in Saudi Arabia. Then a business interaction sent it over to Illinois too.

So far it seems the victims are all okay. Still, hospitals and healthcare workers are prepping for the worst.