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2 Orlando hospital workers test negative for MERS



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A spokeswoman for an Orlando hospital says two employees tested negative for the rare MERS virus days after coming into contact with a Saudi resident with the second confirmed case in the U.S.

Katie Dagenais said Wednesday that the two tested employees from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital include one who was hospitalized Monday. The other was discharged the same day.

Hospital officials are still awaiting test results from 18 health care workers from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center who are being monitored for potentially having the virus.

MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

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don448 May 15 2014 at 12:12 AM

What the hell is wrong with this supposed Medical Doctor. He visits a highly contagious environment then takes a plane and public transportation back to his home. No idea of possible transferrence of this disease to other passengers. This man is either a fool or an idiot. He should have been quarentined when he arrived, as all from the middle east should be to assure that MERS is not brought here.

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hannibal_lectur_md don448 May 15 2014 at 3:34 AM

When fear takes over many, whether educated or not, act irrationally.

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Gina May 14 2014 at 2:24 PM

Think about the plane that man flew here on. All those people on board, the people that boarded after he left and where all those people went.. . ugh.. this is how nasty things spread like fire. Hopefully it's under control. Also, the lead in for this story is stupid. They drum it up like more hospital workers are falling ill from this person and in reality, they tested negative....

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MIKEY'S SCREEN May 14 2014 at 2:27 PM

It's a Muslim conspiracy to attack the "unclean infidels" of the United States.

They infect each other, board a plane, and BANG....They do it for Allah because according to their twisted, mindless religion, this is what God wants!

But then again, I could be wrong, huh?

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Patricia,,,,, May 14 2014 at 2:33 PM

Like there's not enough bad things that come from the middle east no there's this...

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napa422 May 14 2014 at 2:40 PM

im really getting concerned aboit DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS IN THIS COUNTRY!!!

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Dineen Kathleen Siem May 14 2014 at 3:11 PM

Stop letting ppl travel to & from there!!! DUH! Then it wont be in the U.S.

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God Bless You May 14 2014 at 3:32 PM

The below comments are pure childish ones, this virus is a serious matter. Wash your hands and stay away from crowded places.

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loriann1952 May 14 2014 at 4:22 PM

THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT'S FAULT.. You allow illegals here to stay. Bring back the vaccination shots, already. What the hell are they waiting for, The Plague again?.

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kcarthey loriann1952 May 14 2014 at 4:49 PM

Dear, just as in The Plague and just as in AIDS or SARS or Dengue Fever, there are no vaccination shots. Looks like your doooomed.

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max13722 loriann1952 May 14 2014 at 5:12 PM

The two people who had it aren't illegals, and there is no vaccine for this. Maybe you should try actually reading once in a while.

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snsndse May 14 2014 at 4:25 PM

Why aren't people coming from the Middle East being check to make sure they are not sick?

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ptmkapsovar snsndse May 14 2014 at 6:25 PM

Incubation can last 14 days, nothing shows up for some time!

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ptmkapsovar ptmkapsovar May 14 2014 at 6:42 PM

The new study was completed by investigators who visited the two ill French patients, and represents the first in depth clinical review of MERS. It turns out that the hospital roommates shared the same room for three days. The doctors noted that the virus in the second patient had an incubation period of 9- 12 days. The incubation was previously reported to be 1-9 days.

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Henry May 14 2014 at 4:29 PM

you notice they aren't saying where he was while in the Orlando area you say stay away from crouds well half the people in central florida work at one of the attractions did he visit any of them they arent saying are they

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ptmkapsovar Henry May 14 2014 at 6:25 PM

No he didn't, he's visiting relatives!

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