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Florida MERS Patient Released From Hospital

A 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia, epicenter of MERS outbreak

TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second of three patients in the United States diagnosed with the MERS virus has been released from an Orlando, Fla., hospital, officials said Monday.

The man, a 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia -- the epicenter of the MERS outbreak -- traveled to Orlando where he started feeling symptoms of the illness on May 8.

The unidentified man was put into isolation at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, but hasn't had a fever since May 13, Orlando TV station WESH reported Monday.

The health risk from MERS to the general public is very low, U.S. officials have said, because the virus is only passed through close contact.

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