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Hospital Employees Test Negative For MERS, Cleared To Work

Community Hospital

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Employees at Community Hospital that came into contact with the MERS patient were sent into home isolation until they could be tested for the virus.

Hospital employees who had direct contact with the MERS patient in Indiana have been cleared to return to work.

In a statement, Community Hospital officials said all the employees who had been sent home and put in home isolation have tested  negative for the virus in two separate tests and none have evidence of the infection.

The first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was released Friday from Community Hospital in Munster after he tested negative for the respiratory virus.

Health officials have released the patient from isolation and he is also cleared to travel.

There has been no evidence of community-level transmission of this virus, such as from casual contact. Most transmission has been linked to animals.

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