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US reports third case of potential Mers virus

Published on May 14, 2014 6:12 AM
An Indian worker wears a mouth and nose mask as he works near camels at his farm outside Riyadh on May 12, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A third potential case of the dangerous Middle East Respiratory Virus (Mers), has been found in the United States, health authorities said on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

"Two of the 20 team members exposed to the confirmed Mers patient are showing symptoms," said Mr Geo Morales, spokesman for the Orlando hospital where one infected patient was treated.

"One of the two has been admitted to the hospital but is in stable condition. The other was treated and discharged and is following precautions at home. All 20 team members have been tested and we are expecting those results within the next day or two," the spokesman added.

The second infected US patient was confirmed as such on May 10. The man, 44, is a health-care worker who resides and works in Saudi Arabia, who travelled by plane on May 1 from Jeddah to London, England, then to Boston, Atlanta, and Orlando, officials from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters.

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