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
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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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.