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Published On: Wed, May 14th, 2014

Florida MERS patient ‘currently fever free, and continues to improve’

In a follow up to a report Monday of the second MERS coronavirus patient in the United States in Florida, Florida health officials say the patient admitted to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orange County remains in isolation, is fever free and continues to improve. 

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

“We want to assure the public that MERS-CoV in Florida is contained and there is no broad threat to the general public,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong. “We are grateful to the team at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital for their timely diagnosis and care of the patient. Floridians are reminded to practice simple steps to stay healthy: wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and stay home if you are sick.”

“The highest priority for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is the health and safety of residents and visitors in our community,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. “The patient is receiving effective and timely care and testing is ongoing to ensure that no additional individuals have the infection.”

Health officials at all levels continue its surveillance, contact investigation and testing. Two health care workers who had close contact with the patient have tested negative for the virus. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

There is no broad risk of MERS-CoV infection for the general public and there is no threat to those traveling to the Orlando area. MERS-CoV is not easily spread. The case in Orange County is contained.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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