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Second US MERS Case Found in Orlando


May 12th, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando- Florida health officials say there's no broad risk from a MERS case discovered in Orlando. It's the second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome- or MERS co-V- in the United states.

A 44 year old man is recovering at Dr. P. Phillips hospital from the respiratory illness.

The patient, who is a Saudi Arabian healthcare worker, flew into Orlando May 1st to visit family.

He was admitted to hospital May 9th with a fever, chills and a slight cough

State surgeon general John Armstrong says the man didn’t visit any theme parks, and there’s no broad risk to the public- but the patient has been placed in isolation.

“The Florida Department of Health has been working very closely with this hospital and is particularly mindful of healthcare workers who might have been exposed and we’re following standard infection protocols,”  says Armstrong.

Local health department officials say the man is doing well and expected to recover.

Out of 538 worldwide cases of MERS Co V, 145 people have died.

Most of the cases are in Saudi Arabia, and about one fifth are health care workers.

 

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