2 Orlando hospital workers test negative for MERS

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Health officials from left, Dr. Ken Michaels, Medical Director for Occupational Health at Orlando Health, Dr. Antonio Crespo, MD, the Chief Quality officer at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Dr. Kevin Sherin, MD, the health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County conduct a news conference to provide an update on the first MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome case in Fla. at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo)
Dr. Antonio Crespo, MD, the Chief Quality officer at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, answers questions during a news conference to provide an update on the first MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome case in Fla., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Fifteen hospital workers at Dr. Phillip Hospital and another five employees at Orlando Regional Medical Center were being monitored at home for fever, chills and muscle aches, said Crespo. So far, none of them have tested positive for MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. (AP Photo)
An Indian worker wears a mouth and nose mask as he touches a camel at his Saudi employer's farm on May 12, 2014 outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens and foreign workers to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels to avoid spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus as health experts said the animal was the likely source of the disease. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
Saudis wear mouth and nose masks as they watch camels at their farm on May 12, 2014 outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens and foreign workers to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels to avoid spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus as health experts said the animal was the likely source of the disease. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Asian man wears a mouth and nose mask as he walks in a street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27, 2014. The MERS death toll in Saudi Arabia neared 100 this weekend as the authorities scrambled to reassure an increasingly edgy population in the country worst-hit by the infectious coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A thermal imaging meter, to test people for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), is seen outside of the room where defense ministers of the the Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting on May 14, 2014 at the Conference Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The World Health Organization held a meeting in Geneva to decide whether the rising number of MERS cases, mostly in Saudi Arabia, constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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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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