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US health worker hospitalised with Mers virus symptoms

Two health workers at a hospital in Orlando, Florida who were exposed to a patient with a confirmed case of Mers have now begun showing symptoms, and one of the two healthcare workers have been hospitalised.

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Two US hospital workers show signs of Mers virus

Two health workers exposed to a patient with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers0) have begun showing flu-like symptoms.

One has been hospitalised while the second is being monitored at home, officials at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Florida said.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Credit: Reuters

Eighteen more people are now being tested for the deadly disease, which is not thought to be a threat to the general public.

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the two confirmed cases.

A statement from the White House said: "The CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is taking the current situation very seriously."

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