U.S. Hospitals Prepare for MERS Virus

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A potentially deadly virus could be headed to the United States.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning doctors to be on the lookout for MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

“This whole world has become on small culture dish almost because anyone from anywhere in the world can travel and bring this virus to us, so the doctors in the emergency room are aware of this,” said Dr. David Samadi, FOX News Medical ‘A’ Team.

In less than a month’s time, an outbreak in South Korea has left more than 120 people sick and at least 13 dead.

Health officials suspect an elderly man carried the illness to South Korea last month after traveling to Saudi Arabia.

That’s where the virus was first identified three years ago.

“Went to the hospital, it was missed four times, he basically went to four different hospitals in South Korea and as a result got a lot of people got contaminated and he’s been spreading this virus all over South Korea,” said Dr. Samadi.

South Korea’s president is meeting with teams from the World Health Organization, as they try and get the upper hand on the rapidly spreading illness which has no vaccine and no cure.

“I think one of the important actions to take will be to invest more in the strengthening the public health and the health system in the country,” said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the World Health Organization.

South Korea’s president has postponed a planned visit to Washington next week, to tend to the health crisis.

President Obama has offered the support of the United States to help stem the outbreak.

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