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CDC defends mistaken call on third suspected U.S. MERS patient
By Steven Ross Johnson | May 28, 2014
Government health officials are defending their response to a suspected third U.S. case of MERS despite confirming Wednesday they were wrong in announcing that case had been transmitted through contact in the U.S. Initial test results indicating an Illinois man had contracted the disease from a...
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Florida healthcare workers test negative for MERS
By Rachel Landen | May 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare workers at Orlando (Fla.) Regional Medical Center who were exposed to the Florida patient diagnosed with MERS have since tested negative for the illness.
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Fla. MERS patient out of hospital; first U.S. transmission reported
By Rachel Landen | May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Orlando, Fla., patient diagnosed 10 days ago with the illness known as MERS, the second confirmed case in the U.S., has been discharged from the Orange County hospital where he had been in isolation since May 9.
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CDC: MERS virus spread in U.S., but 2nd man not sick
By Associated Press | May 17, 2014
Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.
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Second MERS case downplayed
By John N. Frank | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A second confirmed U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome surfaced in Orlando, Fla., last week, even as the World Health Organization and an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that MERS does not represent a major crisis in U.S. or world health.
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MERS not a threat to Orlando travel, state officials say
By John N. Frank | May 14, 2014
Perhaps seeking to short-circuit any possible damage to Orlando's important tourist trade, the Florida Department of Health issued a statement Wednesday about the possible threat of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, in the state.
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Two ill Orlando Health staffers test negative after exposure to MERS patient
By John N. Frank | May 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two Orlando Health staffers who were exposed to the second U.S. MERS patient and came down with flu-like symptoms have tested negative for the virus that causes the illness, the Florida health system said Wednesday morning.
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MERS isn't an emergency, says World Health Organization
By Associated Press | May 14, 2014
The spread of the puzzling MERS virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
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Orlando MERS patient may have exposed many
By Rachel Landen | May 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The patient with the second confirmed U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome visited an Orlando, Fla., emergency room four days before he was admitted to a hospital and placed in isolation, potentially exposing more people to the deadly virus.
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