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  • sharon sanders
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    Re: USA - Florida: Man, 44, healthcare worker from Saudi Arabia, confirmed coronavirus MERS case - improving

    From: "Dagenais, Katie M." <Katharine.Dagenais@orland... [Edit Address Book]
    To:
    Subject: MERS-CoV Update - Orlando Health
    Date: May 23, 2014 6:37 PM
    STATEMENT FROM ORLANDO HEALTH
    May 23, 2014

    All of the 23 health care workers who were exposed to the MERS-CoV virus last week have now been cleared to return to work.

    Follow up testing on the 16 health care workers, including two physicians, from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital has come back negative for MERS-CoV and the Florida Department of Health has cleared them to return to work today.

    On Monday, the Florida Department of Health cleared the seven health care workers, including one physician, from Orlando Regional Medical Center who were exposed to the MERS-CoV virus so they could return to work.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Orlando Health required all of the 23 health care workers exposed to the MERS-CoV to remain out of work for the full 14-day incubation period. Please note the revised number of health care workers who were exposed and have been tested.



    Katie

    Katie Dagenais, M.A.
    Media Relations and Public Affairs Manager

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  • sharon sanders
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    STATEMENT FROM ORLANDO HEALTH
    May 20, 2014

    Follow up testing on the seven health care workers, including one physician, from Orlando Regional Medical Center who were exposed to the MERS-CoV virus has come back negative and the Department of Health has cleared them to return to work. They could be scheduled as early as this afternoon, but most likely will resume their normal schedules tomorrow.

    Preliminary testing on the 16 health care workers, including two physicians, from Dr. P. Phillips Hospital has also come back negative for MERS-CoV. Those workers will receive additional testing this week and we are optimistic they will also be cleared to return to work.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Orlando Health has required all of the 23 health care workers exposed to the MERS-CoV to remain out of work for the full 14-day incubation period. Please note the revised number of health care workers who were exposed and have been tested.




    Katie

    Katie Dagenais, M.A.
    Media Relations and Public Affairs Manager

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  • Pathfinder
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    Missouri

    Two healthy Greene County residents tested for MERS

    Sarah Okeson, News-Leader 12:06 p.m. CDT May 20, 2014

    Two Greene County residents are awaiting test results for the MERS virus that they possibly were exposed to on a flight to Orlando, a top Greene County health official said today.

    Kendra Findley, the administrator of community health and epidemiology, said the two had voluntary blood tests as part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test everyone who was on the flight to Orlando which originated in Saudi Arabia.

    "Neither one had symptoms at all so I'm fairly confident that the test results will come back negative," Findley said.
    ...
    Findley said Greene County residents were not quarantined because they were not symptomatic.
    ...
    http://www.news-leader.com/story/new...-mers/2275032/

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  • Pathfinder
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    7 health care workers exposed to MERS cleared for work
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    Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 3:12 PM

    ORLANDO --

    Follow-up testing on the seven health care workers, including one physician, from Orlando Regional Medical Center who were exposed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infection has come back negative, officials said Tuesday.

    The Department of Health has cleared the employees to return to work. They could be scheduled as early as Tuesday afternoon, but many most likely will resume their normal schedules Wednesday.

    Preliminary testing on the 16 health care workers, including two physicians from Dr. P Phillips Hospital, has also come back negative for MERS. Those workers will receive additional testing this week...
    ...
    There were three more workers exposed to MERS than originally reported, Dagenais said.

    http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfn...ared_for_.html

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  • sharon sanders
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DOH-Orange Communications
    May 19, 2014 407-858-1429 or 407-858-1418

    Orlando Health- Katie Dagenais
    407-242-0305

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ORLANDO HEALTH
    PROVIDE UPDATE ON MERS-CoV IN FLORIDA
    ~Patient discharged from the hospital~

    Tallahassee ? The first patient in Florida with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection has been discharged from the hospital in Orange County. The patient has now tested negative for MERS-CoV and has recovered from the virus. All health care workers and household contacts who had contact with the patient were tested for MERS-CoV and all of those results have come back negative. There is no broad risk of MERS-CoV infection for the general public, and no threat to those traveling to the Orlando area.

    The Florida Department of Health continues to work closely with Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate follow up, and to protect the health of all residents and visitors in Florida. Surveillance, contact investigation and testing continue, following standard public health protocols.

    The information line for the public at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is 407-858-1490. Information from the CDC for the public is available by calling 800-232-4636.

    For more information, please visit DOH?s Online Newsroom- http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/2014/05/12/mers-cov-2/ or view the following resources:

    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Fact Sheet (DOH): MERS-CoV ? Fact Sheet
    ? Frequently Asked MERS Questions and Answers (DOH): MERS-CoV ? FAQ
    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome information (DOH): http://www.floridahealth.gov/disease...ers/index.html
    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html
    ? World Health Organization (WHO):
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coron...infections/en/

    The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

    Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.
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  • Emily
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    Re: USA - Florida: CDC confirms 2nd coronavirus MERS case

    Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
    Not to change the topic of this thread, but there are an estimated 11 million people residing in the United States who came without government permission. Most all fleeing horrendous living conditions in other parts of the world.

    We all bear the responsibility for this global condition.
    That's correct. And some 'rich' countries have huge debt loads and their faux wealth does not translate into accessible, equitable and effective healthcare for citizens. I wish we were doing less MERS and more whooping cough testing - I know of cases locally where babies have died or people have gotten quite ill when pertussis coughs were dangerously misdiagnosed since pertussis testing was not done.

    That's why it is frustrating to me when people infected with a novel, poorly adapted zoonotic virus are allowed on planes. Maybe that won't increase the chances of serial passage and adaptation, (beyond what is happening already in originating countries), but at the very least it is an infection control burden for the receiving country's healthcare facilities. What is the point of all the surveillance and media hoopla if the strictest control measures are not in place?
    Last edited by Emily; May 15, 2014, 04:47 PM. Reason: Typo fix.

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  • Giuseppe
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    [Source: Florida Department of Health, full PDF document: (LINK).]


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 15, 2014

    Contact: DOH-Orange Communications, 407-858-1429 or 407-858-1418, Orlando Health- Kena Lewis, 321-841-8184

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ORLANDO HEALTH PROVIDE UPDATE ON MERS-CoV IN FLORIDA

    ~All health care workers test negative for MERS-CoV~

    Tallahassee ? On May 12, 2014, the Florida Department of Health announced the first Florida case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Orange County.

    The patient continues to improve.

    All health care workers who had contact with the patient were tested for MERS-CoV and all of the results have come back negative.

    There is no broad risk of MERS-CoV infection for the general public, and no threat to those traveling to the Orlando area.

    The Florida Department of Health continues to work closely with Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate care of the patient, and to protect the health of all residents and visitors in Florida.

    Surveillance, contact investigation and testing continue, following standard public health protocols.

    The information line for the public at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is 407-858-1490. Information from the CDC for the public is available by calling 800-232-4636.

    For more information, please visit DOH?s Online Newsroom- http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/2014/05/12/mers-cov-2/ or view the following resources:

    The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

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  • sharon sanders
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    Not to change the topic of this thread, but there are an estimated 11 million people residing in the United States who came without government permission. Most all fleeing horrendous living conditions in other parts of the world.

    We all bear the responsibility for this global condition.

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  • Giuseppe
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    Re: USA - Florida: CDC confirms 2nd coronavirus MERS case

    MERS is not only an hot issue for Florida citizens, although you are experiencing for first time the incursions of this relatively new virus.

    North America feels to be 'isolated' from the mess of the rest of the world in many ways.

    We in Europe are experiencing an exceptional influx of migrants, refugees, displaced people from various regions of Middle East, Sub-Saharian Africa and even from Af-Pak!

    These people Wanders from months in some Northern Africa makeshisft camps, in unbearable conditions: without basic hygiene, food, health care, they are sold to various clans that are involved in human trafficking.

    When they finally starts the final leg of their long travel, boarding dilapidated boats, Southern European Countries Navy patrol ships rescue them, when they are not drowned yet.

    Recent media footages portrayed Milan Trasportation Hub (one of the bigger in the country) transformed in a bivouac for Syrian migrants, without any kind of assistance, included lack of toilets etc.

    Through Milan Central Station transits hundreds thousands commuters per day: if some of these migrants would be infected with a respiratory pathogen readily transmissible, all of you can imagine the result!

    So, the perspective of the events should be not overlooked, biased, influenced or intoxicated by messages that are not consistent with the reality.

    And the reality is cruel: millions of people are leaving wars and poverty every year and they will not stop to 'invade' affluent regions of the world because of MERS or PHEIC.

    Are the affluent countries ready to help these people?

    US and some other wealthy nations fail to recognize that every day there are thousands fleeing from humanitarian wars, authoritarian regimes, extreme poverty.

    No safety for millions of refugee and migrants equals no safety for affluent Florida communities!

    Recognizing reality is the first step to understand and drive every kind of change.

    gm

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  • sharon sanders
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    Since I live here I will give my personal opinion.

    I think the 2 doctors are earnest in their reporting but I think it is too early to declare the situation "contained". I think we still do not know much about coronavirus MERS.

    People should "up their game" regarding hygiene and community responsibility - as a new behavior. We are losing our antibiotics. Even the best flu vaccine is only about 60&#37; effective. We need to be fully engaged in illness prevention in our own lives. Wash hands frequently. Stand a few feet away from people when in public. If someone is ill in your household, keep them isolated as much as possible to prevent others from catching the illness. Stay home when you are sick. Frequently wipe down common areas at work and at home.

    At this time no one I know, or anyone in my family, is changing their daily routines due to coronavirus concerns. We are all out in public doing regular "stuff": grocery shopping, banking, working, etc. etc.

    I am hopeful since, so far, all of the tests on the contacts have come back negative. The next few days will tell the tale.

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  • sharon sanders
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    FluTrackers Notes of 4 pm Florida Department of Health coronavirus MERS media conference.

    Please read from the bottom up:


    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 59s
    @MackayIM Not mentioned. Said all contacts are "well".

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 1m
    Media conference is over. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 1m
    Sherin: This is a standard ongoing disease investigation. Will update info as events develop. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 3m
    Florida DoH declines to release name of Jeddah hospital where initial patient works. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 4m
    Crespo: Says Canada contact has no symptoms and his tests are pending #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 6m
    Sherin: Have some tests results on all contacts - all negative - still more testing - except Canada contact (not known) #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 9m
    Crespo: Initial patient has had no fever for last 24 hours. Doing very well. Waiting for new test results. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 10m
    Sherin: Over and over repeating safe to travel to Central Florida. Seems a mantra. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 11m
    Crespo: Incubation period is about 5 days. Household members are all well. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 13m
    Sherin: Household contacts are negative so far. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 14m
    Sherin: Believes this situation is "contained". #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 14m
    Crespo: Hospitalized health care worker who tested negative but had flu symptoms will go on home isolation today. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 16m
    Sherin: Tests of other contacts being run. So far all tests are negative. More ongoing. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 17m
    Sherin: Again, practice hand hygiene, stay home when sick, cover mouth when coughing etc. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 18m
    Sherin: State lab in Tampa reports 2 symptomatic health care workers tested negative. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 19m
    Sherin: No broad risk. But everyone should practice hygiene anyway to prevent myriad of diseases.

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 20m
    Sherin: No new cases to report. Patient is improving. #coronavirus #MERS

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 22m
    Dr. A. Crespo and Dr. K. Sherin are presenting today.

    FluTrackers.com @FluTrackers ? 22m
    Florida Department of Health May 14 press conference beginning.....

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  • sharon sanders
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DOH-Orange Communications
    May 14, 2014 407-858-1429 or 407-858-1418

    Orlando Health- Kena Lewis
    321-841-8184

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ORLANDO HEALTH
    PROVIDE UPDATE ON MERS-CoV IN FLORIDA
    ~The investigation is contained and there is no broad risk to the general public~

    Tallahassee ? The Florida Department of Health announced on May 12 the first Florida case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Orange County. The patient remains in isolation at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, is currently fever free, and continues to improve.

    ?We want to assure the public that MERS-CoV in Florida is contained and there is no broad threat to the general public,? said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong. ?We are grateful to the team at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital for their timely diagnosis and care of the patient. Floridians are reminded to practice simple steps to stay healthy: wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and stay home if you are sick.?

    ?The highest priority for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is the health and safety of residents and visitors in our community,? said Dr. Kevin Sherin, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. ?The patient is receiving effective and timely care and testing is ongoing to ensure that no additional individuals have the infection.?

    Contact Investigation Continues
    As part of standard public health practices, the Florida Department of Health, in coordination with local and federal partners, continues its surveillance, contact investigation and testing. While testing is ongoing, the two health care workers who had close contact with the patient and showed symptoms have tested negative for MERS-CoV.

    The Florida Department of Health continues to work closely with Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate care of the patient and to protect the health of all residents and visitors in Florida.

    ?We are extremely pleased that none of our team members have tested positive, including the two team members that developed flu-like symptoms over the weekend,? said Antonio Crespo, MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist and Chief Quality Officer for Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. ?We are working to complete this investigation and we remain cautiously optimistic that test results from other team members will also be negative.?

    No Broad Risk of MERS-CoV
    There is no broad risk of MERS-CoV infection for the general public and there is no threat to those traveling to the Orlando area. MERS-CoV is not easily spread. The case in Orange County is contained.

    MERS-CoV is a reminder of the precautions that everyone can take to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from any communicable diseases:
    ? Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    ? Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    ? Stay at home when you are sick.
    The information line for the public at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is 407-858-1490. Information from the CDC for the public is available by calling 800-232-4636.

    For more information, please visit DOH?s Online Newsroom- http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/2014/05/12/mers-cov-2/ or view the following resources:

    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Fact Sheet (DOH): MERS-CoV ? Fact Sheet
    ? Frequently Asked MERS Questions and Answers(DOH): MERS-CoV ? FAQ
    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome information (DOH): http://www.floridahealth.gov/disease...ers/index.html
    ? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html
    ? World Health Organization (WHO):
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coron...infections/en/

    The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

    Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

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  • Nika
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    (Link didnt work - sorry - I cant find the delete button for this post - would if i could)

    link for live feed of this presser

    http://www.wesh.com/health/health-of...-case/25979864

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  • sharon sanders
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    I will be watching the local cable news program and live tweet from that as long as they stay with the conference.

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  • sharon sanders
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    From: "Weister, Dain" <Dain.Weister@flhealth.gov>
    To: FluTrackers <flutrackers@earthlink.net>
    Subject: RE: Media Advisory - MERS Update 4pm
    Date: May 14, 2014 3:28 PM

    No call in. sorry. can provide you updates later… press release will have details as well.

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