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they're welcome to "world news." tonight, the invisible enemy. this evening, the first case of infection right here on u.s. soil. the other patients with mers had been flown here. now comes word this infection happened because the patient had been in a meeting in the same room. abc's dr. richard besser is right here. going home. tonight, the break for firefighters. but the heartwre jnheartbreak f. a week ago, this couple holding their daughter's wedding right here. >> it was our dream house. you know? we put all our souls into it. >> tonight, the new worries about in the forecast for this week ahead. a family's fight and a little boy's plea for his father. they ask why americans are kept from using experimental drugs if it's their only chance. >> i love my dad. >> tonight, the debate here. we want you to weigh in. and the dream dashed? will he race after all?
triple crown favorite california chrome. the rags to riches story. the one thing we have learned tonight that could keep the horse off the track. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a sunday night. we begin with new details on the new infection. it turns out the patient never knew he was infected with mers. his body fighting it off. if this virus is now invisible for some, authorities want to know, are there others infected? is the virus changing in nature? spreading more easily? and this question tonight. is there any good news in all of this since the patient fought it off without even knowing? our dr. richard besser is standing by here. he just spoke with the cdc. but first, steve osunsami retracing the path of the latest infection. >> reporter: tonight, an unidentified illinois businessman is believed to be the first mers infection transmitted in the u.s. he initially tested negative. a second test showed his body fought the disease and won.
health officials who say they're still learning about the disease are now keeping a close eye on friends or family who may have been in close contact while he was infected. they believe he probably caught the virus during two business meetings with the man they're calling patient number one, a health professional who worked in saudi arabia with mers patients who brought the disease stateside in april and was hospitalized in indiana. investigators say the two shook hands. the new patient said he never felt sick. cdc investigators tell us there's good news here. proof that a person can contract the virus and remain healthy. more than 160 patients with the virus have died. most of them in the middle east. the arabian peninsula. ground zero for this new disease. >> we're going see more cases. >> reporter: people traveling. >> people are traveling. travel season to the peninsula is about to kick off. we have pilgrimage holidays. ramatan coming up at the end of june. >> reporter: investigators are testing anyone who shared flights with that patient number one from indiana.
they're working closely with 39 states to find passengers who shared flights with patient number two, who also flew from saudi arabia and was hospitalized in orlando. health officials here at the cdc say they've reached out to domestic and international flyers who shared a flight with the sick passenger. so far, no one has reported any symptoms. they underline it takes between 2 and 14 days to come down with the disease. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> steve, thank you. i want to bring in dr. richard besser, abc's chief health and medical editor, who spent years at the cdc. this case happened because they were in the same room at a meeting together. but it would seem good news here that he had it, fought it off, and didn't even foe he had the virus. >> that's terrific news. infected but didn't know it. >> you just got off the phone with the cdc. they tell you they're getting more cases like in overseas? >> they're starting to get more information from saudi arabia. a number of people who had contact with sick people in the hospital.
they were around it. no sign of disease. >> their bodies able to fight it off. why is the cdc so concerned if people are getting it but are okay? >> these are good signs. until you can be certain that that's the norm. people can get this and have no problem whatsoever, you're going to be all over it and check every single case. >> all right. dr. besser with the latest from the cdc tonight. rich, thank you. next to california. all eyes on the forecast for the week ahead. tonight, a momentary reprieve for firefighters. the number of fires now burning has been reduced. the increasing humidity is helpful. that will soon change again. meantime, families returning home finding most everything gone. you can see the firefighter through the burned out window there. and this image tonight. walking through the front door again, even the family dog. but for some, the homecoming brought heartbreak this sunday. abc's bazi kanani in san marcos. >> reporter: a nightmare in the canyon. flames racing through san diego county. >> can you bump the pressure? >> reporter: where firefighters are now on their sixth day of attack. still taking on four fires, down from at least ten.
27,000 acres charred. one dead. and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed. fire crews already responding to nearly double the number of wildfires in an average year. the evacuees now returning back to their neighborhoods finding out how close the flames came to their doorsteps. for many, a devastating discovery. >> it was our dream house. you know, we just put all our souls into it. >> reporter: bob and sophie's beautiful hill top home, now a pile of ash. >> we did our crying the first night or two. now it's time to go on with our lives. >> reporter: sifting through the rubble. they're hoping to salvage memories of the years spent here. it's where they held their daughter's wedding reception just one week before the blaze. >> my family has some pictures because all of ours got burned up. >> you think it's a bad dream. no, no, no, no, no. it could never happen to me. >> reporter: fire officials asking residents to prepare for the worst. by keeping tree branches six feet from the ground and using
lawn mowers and other power equipment that could spark early in the morning when there's still dew on the ground. cooler temperatures and calm winds this weekend are a big help for firefighters. the weather team is telling us tonight that later in the week, warmer, dryer weather returns to the area. that means the fire danger will be high. david? >> we'll be watching. bazi, our thanks to you. overseas tonight, to nigeria. there is new action to rescue the hundreds of schoolgirls abducted from their classrooms. not just the girls are at risk. young boys are fearful about what could come. hamish macdonald from nigeria again tonight. >> reporter: nigeria calls them the militants, west africa's al qaeda. and they're declaring war. on the ground the military is scouring vast, remote wilderness for 200 missing girls. in the skies above, there's support from the u.s. and uk with manned surveillance flights and drones.
>> our optimism has been raised higher to believe that we'll bring back our girls safely. >> reporter: but, there's real risk. any rescue could lead to the deaths of the girls, and that leaves negotiations a priority. nigeria's government flatly refuses to exchange high-profile prisoners, but we know direct talks with boko haram's leadership are underway. [ chanting ] >> all: bring back our girls. >> reporter: this may be a new war for the west. but in classrooms across nigeria's northeast they've long been fighting the battle. >> i'm actually afraid of them because i know, ai should meet one, definitely is going to kill me. >> reporter: in february militants rampaged firing guns and setting their school on fire. >> i have to go to school because if i stay out, i have nothing to do. >> reporter: for all this talk of international cooperation, the state department is expressing doubts about nigeria's military. even if the girls can be found, can nigeria's soldiers rescue them and bring them home safely? david? >> hamish macdonald, thank you.
a remarkable scene from bosnia this evening. the floods described adds catastroph catastrophic. reports of entire villages destroyed by landslides across the balkans. at least two dozen people have died. new concerns that flooding could set off unexploded land mines. left over from the war back in the 1990s. back here at home this sunday night. fiery talk this sunday aimed at hillary clinton on benghazi. republicans say she'll have questions to answer if she runs. they are also pointing to her age and health. is it all fair game? how is she responding? with help from her husband. abc senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny tonight. >> reporter: the clintons suddenly seem to be everywhere. >> please welcome, hillary clinton. >> president bill clinton. >> reporter: the political tag team out in full force. making 14 appearances in the last week. >> thank you all, very much. >> reporter: but republicans are
getting ready, too, raising more questions about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. former vice president dick cheney saying secretary clinton should be held accountable. >> she clearly bears responsibility for whatever the state department did or did not do. i don't think we've heard the last of it yet. >> reporter: republicans are also taking fresh aim at mrs. clinton's age, and health, from a concussion she suffered in december 2012. >> she is going to have to cough up these medical records. she'll be 69 at the time of the 2016 elections. >> reporter: but 69 is the same age as ronald reagan when he took office. and four years later, the famous line -- >> i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. [ laughter ] >> reporter: of course, we still don't know of mrs. clinton's intentions. >> in the question i want to ask is, are you going to run, but -- >> well, i am running -- around the park. >> reporter: we'll see more of mrs. clinton when her book is released next month. but that's not all.
republicans tell us tonight she'll be called to testify on capitol hill at the benghazi hearings this summer. david? >> jeff zeleny at the white house tonight. thank you. we're going to turn now to a different kind of political fight. the safety of your hometown police officer could be at stake here. tonight, dash cam video of a female police officer shot but kept going, chasing the suspect. until he was nabbed. she says her bullet-proof vest is the reason why. so why is congress holding back the money to pay for those vests? abc's susan saulny tonight. >> shots fired! shots fired! i'm hit! >> reporter: the dash cam of texas police officer ann carrizales captures the high speed chase that followed moments after she was hit twice by gunfire. >> i've been shot in the face. i've taken one by the vest. >> reporter: she's wounded, but alive after the pursuit ends seen here taking off the bullet proof vest that she says saved her life. and here she is this week bringing her survival story to congress. >> the bullet?
well, that was embedded in the bullet-proof vest, exactly where it needed to be. i would not be sitting here today if i had not been wearing a properly fitting bullet-proof vest. >> reporter: on capitol hill a 15-year-old federal program that helps police departments buy the expense i have body armor is hanging in limbo. senate republicans object to the cost of reauthorizing it saying the vests should be paid for by the state and local officials. >> this is not about the vests. it is not a role for the federal government. >> reporter: but, since 1999 the federal government has spent about $375 million to help 13,000 departments get more than 1 million vests. in 2012, vests saved the lives of more than 30 officers in 20 states. this battle over body armor is not over, so the question remains, who will pay to protect the people who protect all of us? david? >> susan saulny in washington tonight, susan, thank you. next to colorado and one family's fight that has now been heard. at the heart, whether family member should have access to
experimental drugs if that's the only hope they have. tonight, colorado, the first in the nation to allow it. and abc's clayton sandell with a bittersweet plea from a boy for his father that helped inspire action. >> reporter: last fall, cancer took the life of nick audin, married father of three. >> i love my dad. >> reporter: his time running out, nick wanted to try what the fda hailed as a breakthrough drug. medical complications disqualified him from a drug trial. he tried december rattly to get it on his own. >> i think i can be a case study for this drug and to show how it works. >> reporter: the makers of the drug said no. >> it was horrible. it's unbearable. to know -- to have them say no. >> reporter: this weekend, colorado became the first state to enact a so-called right to try law, meant to cut through red tape and allow faster access to experimental drugs for people who are terminally sick. >> patients should be able to try a treatment even though it
hasn't been approved if it's an attempt to save their lives. >> reporter: proponents helped sell the bill by comparing it to "the dallas buyer's club." the movie about a real-life aids patient smuggling unapproved treatments in from mexico. >> they just released it for testing. >> reporter: critics say colorado's new bill is largely symbolic. a state law with no power to force action from the federal fda or drugmakers. >> these bills do not put aside one nickel to help people get to where the drugs are, pay for the drugs they might need, or indemnify someone who gives them the drugs if they die. >> reporter: that has not stopped other states from following colorado's lead. the right to try push gaining speed in louisiana, missouri, and arizona. >> i think it will hopefully change the environment. and i will be able to say to the kids when they're older that we did everything we could to try to save daddy's life. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, lone tree, colorado. >> a bittersweet victory.
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next at 6:00, the iconic bay-to-breakers is fun for attendees but a lot of work for the city and residents. the governor calls on californians to make changes after wildfires ripped through san diego county. please, if anyone has my son, let him go. let him come back to us. a family's plea to help find their son who disappeared friday. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. bay-to-breakers, a race like no oer, where partying is the only goal for thousands of attendees. tonight the race is over and the cleanup is underway. thank you for joining us, i'm ama daetz. this was the 103rd running of
the bay-to-breakers race. the city did make changes to the rules and route to contain the race's wilder participants. here's more. reporter: you know, extra police and a no-tolerance policy about alcohol helped keep bay-to-breakers a safer event. 24 people were arrested for being drunk in public, but this chain link fence around historic alamo square was a big success, it helped keep rowdy spectators out. dwight alexander is sweeping up the front of his house after 40,000 runners runners and ton f spectators left their mark. >> it was better this year, less pock intoxication, less urinating, but still it's a challenge. reporter: extra police along the route enforced the no-kole