Local Health Officials Hold MERS Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County public officials want you to know about a potentially deadly respiratory virus that’s being detected in multiple countries.

The virus is called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The first case was reported in Saudi Arabia last year but has now spread to European countries. There have been no reports of the illness in the United States, but officials say Americans still need to know about it.

“It is geared toward international travelers, but it is geared to anyone else that may know an international traveler or may know people that are coming to and from Europe, Middle East, etc.,” said Jason Davis, Lane County Health and Human Services spokesman.

Fifty percent of the reported cases have been deadly.

The town hall meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center.

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