INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana health officials said Sunday no other cases of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East and has hospitalized a man in Indiana have been reported.
Spokespeople for state and federal health agencies said the condition of the man with the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the U.S. is continuing to improve.
They said the patient remains in Community Hospital in Munster, where he was in good condition Sunday.
The man fell ill with MERS after flying to the U.S. late last week from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker.
Staff members at the hospital who had direct contact with him before he was isolated have themselves been placed in temporary home isolation and are being monitored.
Carbon monoxide kills 5 party guests
The deaths of two adults and three children in a small cabin in north-central Pennsylvania were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated propane heater, a coroner said Sunday.
State police continued interviewing people about the tragedy, which followed a Friday night party that investigators said was attended by five or six adult friends.
The man who hosted the party, identified only as a relative of the cabin’s owner, discovered the bodies Saturday. He had slept in his truck outside the cabin, police said.
Powerade removing oil additive in drink
Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo’s Gatorade last year.
The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petition by a Mississippi teenager, who questioned why it was being used in a drink marketed toward health-conscious athletes. The petition on Change.org noted that the ingredient is linked to a flame retardant and is not approved for use in Japan or the European Union.
A representative for the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola confirmed Sunday that its Powerade brands are BVO-free. But no details were immediately available on when the change would be complete or how the drinks were reformulated.
Pilot killed in crash at air show
Authorities said a vintage biplane crashed Sunday while performing at a Northern California air show, killing the pilot.
The plane was part of the Thunder Over Solano airshow at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the biplane crashed in an open field away from spectators at 2:05 p.m.
Emergency responders said the pilot did not survive.
Air show organizers canceled the air show shortly after the crash on the tarmac.
The 1944 plane was registered to Eddie Andreini Air Shows Inc., based in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Chinese boat sinks; 2 dead, 6 missing
An official at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Phoenix said two Chinese sailors died and six are believed missing after their boat sank in the Pacific Ocean.
Maj. Sarah Schwennesen said Sunday that a Venezuelan fishing boat reported finding 11 sailors floating in a raft Friday afternoon.
She said the Venezuelan crew reported that four sailors were badly burned and two later died of their injuries.
U.S. airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group treated the injured sailors Saturday and into Sunday morning.
Schwennesen said the boat was expected to get close enough to shore by morning for today helicopters to hoist the injured sailors and fly them to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Syrian president to face 2 in election
Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad will face two other candidates in the coming June presidential election, the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court announced Sunday, a vote he’s widely expected to win amid the country’s raging civil war.
Assad, who is seeking a third seven-year term, will face Hassan bin Abdullah al-Nouri, 54, a lawmaker from Damascus, and Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, 43, a lawmaker from the northern city of Aleppo.
Opposition activists and Western countries have condemned the elections as a sham as voting is expected to be held only in government-controlled territory.