Florida: MERS Virus Symptoms Confirmed In The United States, Up To 21 People May Be Affected

The Florida MERS virus outbreak may have effected at least 21 people, including the original patient and 20 hospital workers.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the World Health Organization believes the link between camels and the MERS virus is fairly well established. As such, the WHO is recommending that in order to help stop the spread of the MERS virus Muslims should stop drinking camel urine in addition to being more careful about using camel byproducts such as camel milk.

MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and is a coronavirus similar to the deadly SARS virus, which killed over 800 people worldwide. The worst part about the MERS virus is that there currently is not a cure. The CDC has previously released a statement about MERS virus symptoms:

“Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. More than 30 percent of these people have died. So far, all the cases have been linked to seven countries in the Arabian Peninsula. This virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person. However, there is no evidence of sustained spreading in community settings.”

The Florida case of the MERS virus is actually the second case confirmed by the CDC. The first was in Indiana and the man was a healthcare professional who had recently worked in Saudi Arabia.

The good news is that the MERS virus patient is said be doing “very well.” He had been experiencing a low grade fever of 102 degrees and had a minimal cough. But now he has recovered to the point where he has been fever-free for 24 hours. Still, doctors are keeping him in isolation at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

In addition, there are up to 20 people from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center who were in contact with the patient. One of the hospital staff members developed flu-like symptoms that was initially attributed to the MERS virus. These 20 people have remained isolated in order to prevent a potential MERS epidemic. But so far two of the workers tested for MERS, including the sick person, have tested negative for the deadly virus. Health officials are currently waiting for the test results on the remaining 18 workers.