MERS: "Mystery Illness" Spreads

By Erika Edwards

Published 05/13 2014 05:45PM

Updated 05/13 2014 05:49PM

(NBC News)  More than a dozen health care workers in Orlando, Florida have been told to stay home and monitor their health for two weeks.

The workers had been in contact with the second patient in the United States confirmed to have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

So far two health care workers have reported symptoms, but it could be that they have different illnesses.

The MERS patient is doing well but remains hospitalized.  Doctors say the man is a health care worker from Saudi Arabia and was in Orlando visiting family.

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