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MERS Update: 2 Florida Hospital Workers Have Flu-Like Illness; WHO Contemplates Calling a Public Health Emergency — Physician’s First Watch

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May 14, 2014

MERS Update: 2 Florida Hospital Workers Have Flu-Like Illness; WHO Contemplates Calling a Public Health Emergency

By Kelly Young

Two workers at the Orlando, Florida hospital that is treating the country's second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have developed flu-like symptoms and are being tested for MERS-CoV. One has been hospitalized, and the other is at home, the Washington Post reports.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is holding a special meeting to determine whether MERS-CoV constitutes an international public health emergency, Reuters reports. WHO officials are expected to announce their conclusions on Wednesday. If such a declaration is made, it could require a coordinated international response. There is no vaccine against MERS-CoV.

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Andrew Poulos

It seems like the obvious proactive thing to do would be to issue a travel ban, barring any Middle East healthcare workers from entering the US. This would be an initial response to make our country's borders less porous. When dealing with emerging infectious diseases we shouldn't wait until the horse is out of the barn.

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