Hospital workers who came in contact with Orlando MERS patient cleared

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando health officials said the 23 workers who were exposed to a virus that causes MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, last week have all been cleared to return to work.

Sixteen healthcare workers, including two physicians from Dr. Phillips hospital who came in contact with a MERS patient from Orlando, tested negative for the virus and were cleared to return to work.

On Monday, health officials cleared seven other workers who came in contact with the patient.

The man, who was the second reported MERS case in the United States, has recovered from the virus.

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