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national lead

May 13th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

CDC official: We don't want 'under reaction' to MERs

(CNN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that MERS is a low risk for Americans, but it is concerned enough to post warnings in airports.

"We think it's really critical to avoid overreacting in the community, but also avoid under reacting in the health care environment," says Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

"The reason for the signage is so that we can promptly identify potential cases so they can be separated from other people. What we saw in the SARS virus is somewhat like this, and what we see in certain episodes in the Arabian Peninsula is outbreaks in the hospital environment. Those outbreaks can get larger and larger if you don't know who is infected and who isn't," says Schuchat.

For more from the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat, check out the video above.

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politics lead

May 13th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Newt slams Rove for attack on Hillary

(CNN) – At a business group's private conference last Thursday, Karl Rove, one of the Republican party's most lauded strategists, upped the ante by suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall back in 2012.

"This was not clever, and it wasn't an insinuation. This was Karl Rove running headlong into a brick wall," CNN 'Crossfire' co-host Newt Gingrich said.

"He was starting to lay a drum beat out there, questioning whether or not the health scare ... is somehow disqualifying of her of being president," says CNN 'Crossfire' co-host Stephanie Cutter.

For more analysis, check out the video above.

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May 13th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

2 health care workers exposed to MERS patient had flu-like symptoms

(CNN) - Two health care workers went to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms after coming into contact with a patient confirmed to have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, officials said Tuesday.

The Florida case is the second confirmed case of MERS imported into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

One health care worker in Orlando began showing symptoms 72 hours after exposure to the MERS patient but did not meet criteria for admission and was sent home, said Dr. Antonio Crespo, an infectious disease specialist at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, where the MERS patient is being treated. The health care worker will be monitored and seems to be improving, Crespo said.

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