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DIA posts signs advising passengers of MERS

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DENVER — Monday, a second case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, in the United States was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.

This came shortly after the first case of the deadly virus was detected in Indiana in an American health care provider who had been working in Saudi Arabia.

According to Dr. Anne Schuchat, an assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service and director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the general public risk for the disease is very low.

Despite the low risk, Denver International Airport posted a sign, advising passengers traveling to the Middle East on how to prevent spreading the disease.

DIA spokeswoman Julie Smith said the signs were installed Wednesday morning by the Transportation Security Administration at the request of the CDC.

The signs, located at the north security screening area, suggested travelers wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces and avoid close contact with people who appear to be ill.