Officials at the Centers for Disease Control are warning any international travelers about the threat of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, known as MERS, as they make their way through airports.
NBCRightNow.com - Officials at the Centers for Disease Control are warning any international travelers about the threat of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, known as MERS, as they make their way through airports.
The CDC, with the help of the Transportation Safety Administration, is posting signs at many U.S. airports warning travelers about MERS.
Health advisory signs are now posted in 22 international airports across the country including Sea-Tac in Seattle.
The signs alert travelers to the symptoms of MERS and what steps to take to prevent the spread of the illness while traveling like washing your hands, not touching your face, and avoiding close contact with sick people.
"The president has been briefed on this development. CDC is taking the current situation very seriously and is working in close coordination with local health authorities," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
So far, two cases have been confirmed.
A patient in Indiana was hospitalized 12 days and released last week.
The second, a Saudi resident who was visiting family, remains hospitalized in Orlando, Florida in good condition.
And now, 20 healthcare workers at two Orlando hospitals are being tested for MERS.
Officials said the virus spread from bats, to camels, to people and then made it's way from the Middle East to the United States.It’s also been confirmed in 15 other countries and caused more than 100 deaths.