Sixteen people in LA County are being monitored by doctors after fears they may have been exposed to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

They all shared a flight with a man being treated for the disease in Florida, said CBS Los Angeles quoting the California Department of Public Health.

The disease emerged two years ago in Saudi Arabia and like its cousin, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia.

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