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CDC: Neither US MERS Patient Spread Disease to Family or Health Care Workers

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that neither of the two U.S. patients treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) spread the disease to any members of their households or to health care workers who treated them.

The CDC confirmed the two cases of MERS in Indiana and Florida in May and determined that the two cases were not connected. Both patients did, however, live and work in Saudi Arabia.

The CDC tested all household members and health care workers for the disease, all of whom tested negative for both active MERS infection and previous infection. "The negative results among the contacts that CDC considered at highest risk for MERS-CoV infection are reassuring," Dr. David Swerdlow, who is leading the CDC's MERS response, said.

State and local governments also have reached out to those people who traveled on airplanes or buses with the patients, and none of the travelers who have been tested thus far were found to have the disease.

Still, the CDC recommends that all Americans take preventive actions including frequent hand washing, avoiding touching their faces with unwashed hands, regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces and avoiding contact with people who appear to be sick.

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