Orlando hospital workers cleared after treating MERS patient

Testing for 23 health care workers comes back negative for MERS

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Health officials say all of the 23 health care workers who were exposed to the MERS, or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus, have been cleared to return to work after negative test results.

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Health officials required testing for all physicians and workers at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center that treated the Saudi Arabian man who contracted the virus.

The 23 workers were forced to stay home for the full 14-day incubation period of the virus.

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The 44-year-old patient being treated at the hospital for MERS was released from the hospital earlier this week after testing negative for the virus.

Officials said there is no concern that the virus would spread in Central Florida.

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