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MERS virus causing more panic

Now that a second patient in Orlando is confirmed to have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, two health care workers who were treating that patient have fallen ill as well.

Although doctors are not yet sure if they also have the MERS virus, as a precaution, they have asked more than a dozen health care workers in Orlando to stay home for two weeks to monitor their own health in an effort to keep this thing from spreading.  

"They've been asked to check their temperature twice a day and to monitor for any symptoms such as a fever, chills, muscle aches, cough or sore throat," says Dr. Antonio Crespo, with Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

The actual MERS patient, a health care worker from Saudi Arabia, is doing well, but remains hospitalized in Orlando.      

Meanwhile, the TSA has started posting signs in major airports around the country, alerting travelers about MERS. But most experts agree it is the health care workers who care for the sick who seem to be most at risk.

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