Via WESH.com: 2 health workers who treated MERS patient report flu-like symptoms. Excerpt:
ORLANDO, Fla. —All health workers and family members who came into contact with a MERS patient in Orlando have been contacted and tested, doctors said in a news conference Tuesday.
Doctors said 15 team members at Dr. Phillips Hospital, including three physicians, and five team members from Orlando Regional Medical Center were tested.
Out of those, two health workers from Dr. Phillips Hospital showed flu-like symptoms and one was admitted but is "doing well."
The two patients have not yet been diagnosed with MERS, but it is too soon to know if they contracted the virus, officials said.
All 20 health care workers were told to take off work for 14 days and will be allowed to return once medically cleared.
Officials said Monday that a 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia traveled to Orlando where he started feeling symptoms of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, on May 8. He is in isolation at Dr. Phillips Hospital.
"The patient has been doing very well. Last night he had a low grade fever. He is in good spirits. He is cooperating with all of these processes. We continue to collect samples from the patient," said Dr. Antonio Crespo, infectious disease specialist and chief quality officer for Dr. Phillips Hospital.
Crespo said the man did not initially have a cough or any respiratory symptoms at the time of admittance, meaning the probability for transmission before he was admitted is low.
"The family is being tested, and Dr. Phillips is waiting on results. Family members were instructed to stay home as much as possible and to wear masks if they do go out," said Dr. Ken Michaels, from Orlando Health.
Officials said there is little risk to the public right now. "I think that the risk is negligible to this community. I think the risk is negligible to those who were in the waiting room or radiology area at ORMC," said Dr. Kevin Sherin, of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
Sherin said he doesn't think this will be the last case, as Orlando continues to see travelers from that part of the world.
Dr. Crespo is a busy man today: At 4:00 EDT, about 40 minutes from now, he'll be taking part in a live chat on another Orlando TV station.