LATEST: 2 Florida Health Care Workers Sick After Contact With MERS Patient
Jonathan Serrie brought us the latest this morning on the concerns about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after cases began to surface in Florida. Two health workers at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando have begun showing flu-like symptoms, and one of the two has been hospitalized.
The two were exposed to a man who had contracted MERS while working in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Hospital officials said that patient is doing well and currently has a low-grade fever and a slight cough.
The CDC is now posting warnings at airports about MERS, though the notice says the overall risk to most travelers is low
The virus originated in the Middle East and there is no vaccine for it. The virus kills about one-third of those who contract it.
MERS, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, is a virus from the same family as SARS, which killed around 800 people worldwide after it first appeared in China in 2002.