Via the Orlando Sentinel, an update on this morning's big story: MERS symptoms seen in two Florida health workers exposed to patient. Click through for a video news clip. Excerpt:
Two health workers at a hospital in Orlando, Florida who were exposed to the second patient in the United States with a confirmed case of MERS have now begun showing symptoms, and one of the two healthcare workers has been hospitalized.
Officials at the Dr P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando said on Tuesday the two healthcare workers were exposed to the patient in the emergency department before it became clear that the patient might have the Middle East Respiratory Virus or MERS, an often deadly virus that was first discovered in the Middle East in 2012. The second healthcare worker is being isolated in his home and watched for signs of infection.
The patient whose MERS infection was confirmed Monday is is stable and in "great spirits," health officials at Dr. P. Phillips Medical Center said today. At a press conference this morning, health officials stressed they are ready and able to handle any more cases that come up.
Any health system dealing with something like this is bound to spin it; hence the "great spirits" and "ready and able" phrasing. It's certainly preferable to "We advise you to put your affairs in order."