Via The Palm Beach Post: 20 health workers watched for MERS symptoms. Click through for the full report and a video clip of Dr. Antonio Crespo. Excerpt:
Nineteen employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a man infected with the rare MERS virus were sent home under quarantine and are being closely monitored for symptoms. An additional worker who displayed symptoms was put in isolation in the hospital.
Fourteen workers at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and another five employees at Orlando Regional Medical Center were told not to return to work until a 14-day incubation period expires. They are being monitored for the flu-like symptoms that could mean they have early stage MERS — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Another Phillips employee who came in touch with the MERS patient developed symptoms and has been admitted. But no test results had been received as of Tuesday.
“So far it’s only symptoms,” said Dain Weister, spokesman for the Orange County Health Department. “So far there have been no positive tests for MERS among the workers.”
This is the first I've heard that the MERS case was involved with two hospitals. I'll be pleased but not surprised if everyone tests negative. But I remain surprised and not at all pleased by the behaviour of the two cases on their arrivals in the US. Healthcare workers really should know better.