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Did MERS HCW Attend APSA Meeting In Chicago?
Recombinomics Commentary 18:45
May 3, 2014

He came to Indiana for a conference and when he became ill he went to stay with family according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The above comments indicate the MERS infected Health Care Worker (HCW) flew to Chicago to attend a meeting when he arrive at O’Hare at 10:05 AM on April 24.  He would have attended the meeting and then would have taken a bus to relatives in or around Munster, Indiana.

The meeting that would fit into the above timeline was the 10th Annual Meeting of American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) which was held at the Fairmont Hotel between April 25-27 in the Loop (downtown Chicago).

The attendance of a conference was not cited in the CDC telebriefing, but the comment on the patient arriving in the United States on April 27 was confusing since the arrival time of the flight from Riyadh to London (British Airways Flight 262) and the departure time of the flight from London to Chicago (American Airlines Flight 99) suggested the patient arrived at O’Hara on the morning of April 24.

The attendance at the conference also raised the possibility that the HCW was involved with treatment of patients in Jeddah, since the question asking about Jeddah was deleted from the released CDC transcript.

Detail on the conference attendance by the infected HCW would be useful.

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