(Bloomberg) — Two workers at an Orlando, Fla., hospital treating a patient with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have fallen ill after coming into contact with the patient.
One of the workers has been hospitalized and isolated, according to Geo Morales, a spokesman for Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
The other worker was treated and sent home, Morales said.
“Everyone has been tested for the virus and we are waiting for results,” Morales said in an e-mail. He provided no other details about the patients.
The patient with the confirmed case of MERS is a resident of Saudi Arabia. The man fell ill while visiting relatives in the Orlando area.
Public health authorities first identified the coronavirus that causes MERS, MERS-CoV, in Saudi Arabia in 2012.