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US health workers test negative for MERS virus

May 15, 2014

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The Florida Department of Health says all health care workers who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S. have tested negative for the rare virus.

Officials said in a statement Thursday they are working closely with Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure appropriate care for the 44-year-old man. He remains hospitalized but is improving.

The health department says there is no broad risk of MERS infection for the general public.

MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like symptoms but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

Since 2012, MERS has sickened more than 500 people and killed 145, mostly in the Middle East.

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