LAX Passengers Warned Of Emerging SARS-Like Virus

Thursday, May 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

CBSLA.com
May 14, 2014

Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and over a dozen other airports nationwide were being warned Wednesday of the emerging threat of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS).

Posters at airport checkpoints in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and 16 other U.S. airports have gone up urging passengers to take precautions to avoid the respiratory infection, which originated in the Middle East and has killed an estimated 145 people worldwide.

There is currently no treatment for the SARS-like MERS, which kills about one in three people who contract it, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Health officials are trying to track down around 100 people who may have overlapped with an infected patient at two hospitals in Orlando, Fla., according to CBS News.

Two health care workers at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital who were exposed to the MERS virus by a 44-year-old infected patient both tested negative Wednesday after showing worrisome flu-like symptoms, CBS News reported. Both patients were healthcare workers who live in Saudi Arabia and had been traveling to the U.S., officials said.

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