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VDH Monitoring "Several" Possible MERS Cases in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Virginia Department of Health officials are investigating, after "several" suspected cases of MERS appeared in Virginia.

VDH is monitoring "several" Virginia citizens who were on airplanes and came into contact with people who were sick with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to Dr. Laurie Forlano, Deputy State Epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health.

Although VDH officials are investigating, no cases of MERS have been confirmed in any part of the state.

So far, there have been three confirmed cases of MERS within the United States: one in Orlando, Florida, one in Illinois and the other in Indiana.

600 people have contracted the illness internationally; there have been 175 MERS-related deaths worldwide.

Symptoms of MERS include fever, coughing and shortness of breath; according to the Center for Disease Control, not all of those infected with the virus become ill.

There is no vaccine or cure for MERS at this time.

Stay with ABC 8news on air and online for updates to this developing story.

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