Two Orlando Health Workers Exposed to MERS
Two health care workers in Orlando, Florida were exposed to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus while working with a patient.
Health Care Workers Exhibit Symptoms of Deadly Virus
According to Reuters, one worker has been hospitalized and another has been isolated in his home after the two were exposed to a patient with MERS.
The exposure occurred prior to the patient being diagnosed, and both health care workers have begun to exhibit symptoms of the deadly virus.
The patient is the second confirmed case of MERS to occur in the United States.
About Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
- MERS is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.
- First discovered in 2012, most people diagnosed with MERS have developed severe acute respiratory illness, and more than 30 percent of those with confirmed cases have died.
- The first U.S. case of MERS was confirmed on May 2 in a traveler from Saudi Arabia. The patient is thought to be fully recovered and was released from the hospital.
- A second U.S. case was confirmed on May 11 in another traveler from Saudi Arabia.