County health officials watching MERs virus

, Posted: Wed, May 14 2014 at 11:54 AM, Updated: Thu, May 15 2014 at 4:44 PM

"The CDC and World Health Organizations have been tracking this and what we've been doing locally is letting out doctors know to be on the look out for it." Dr. Jim Shames, Director of of Public health for Jackson and Josephine County.

With two confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory (MERS) Syndrome now in the US, county health officials are watching the case closer.

Southern Oregon doctors and health workers are being told to look for signs of MERS in the sick patients they see. The virus isn't expected to make it to the West coast but officials are taking no chances. Jackson and Josephine County Health Doctor, Jim Shames says the CDC and World Health Organization are watching the virus and are keeping the medical industry informed.

MERS remains under study including how its transmitted to other hosts but health officials suggest people practice good hygiene. Washing your hands and covering your cough when sick.

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