Two US hospital workers test negative for MERS

May 14, 2014

Two healthcare workers at a Florida hospital that is caring for a Saudi patient with the dangerous MERS virus have tested negative for the illness, the hospital said Wednesday.

The two were "showing symptoms," Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando said on Tuesday. One was hospitalized and the other was treated and discharged.

But on Wednesday, a spokesman said they "have tested negative."

Eighteen other who came in contact with the patient have also been tested for the virus but those results have not yet been released, the hospital said in a statement.

Symptoms of MERS can include fever, chills, cough and in serious cases, .

Health authorities say it is transmissible mainly through close person-to-person contact and in healthcare settings.

The United States has announced two confirmed cases of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which originated in Saudi Arabia and has since spread to more than a dozen countries.

The first patient, who fell ill in April, has been discharged from a hospital in Indiana.

The second patient is still in isolation at Dr. P. Phillips hospital in Orlando, has been fever-free for 24 hours and is "doing well," the hospital said.

Meanwhile the World Health Organization said there is no global emergency over MERS, and that the virus does not seem to be increasing in transmissibility, despite a rising number of cases in recent weeks.

A total of 571 MERS cases have been reported to the WHO, of which 171 have proved fatal. In many of them, victims caught the virus in hospital from other patients, although experts believe camels may also spread the disease.

Explore further: US reports second case of MERS virus (Update)

Related Stories

US MERS patient still has fever

May 13, 2014

Employees at two Florida hospitals who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected by a mysterious virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday.

Netherlands reports first case of MERS virus

May 14, 2014

A first case of the dangerous Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) has been detected in the Netherlands, in a man who had travelled to Saudi Arabia, authorities said Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Team discovers how Zika virus causes fetal brain damage

August 24, 2016

Infection by the Zika virus diverts a key protein necessary for neural cell division in the developing human fetus, thereby causing the birth defect microcephaly, a team of Yale scientists reported Aug. 24 in the journal ...

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

August 18, 2016

Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and ...

Immune breakthrough: Unscratching poison ivy's rash

August 23, 2016

We all know that a brush with poison ivy leaves us with an itchy painful rash. Now, Monash University and Harvard researchers have discovered the molecular cause of this irritation. The finding brings us a step closer to ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.