DOH confirms MERS-CoV enters PHL

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines’ Department of Health has confirmed that th e Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been found in a foreigner coming from the Middle East, GMANews reports.

According to the report, the MERS-Cov positive patient is now confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa city.

Surprisingly, the DOH has refused to provide the identitiy of the patient, aside from saying that it is 36 years old from the Middle East. Furthermore, the DOH has also refused to reveal the date when the patient arrived and the residency in the Philippines.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said in a radio interview that the symptoms were first felt by the patient on July 2.

Prior to this,the patient came from Dubai and had a stopover in Saudi before proceeding to the Philippines but there is no need to trace them as the incubation period has already lapsed, the DOH said.

With at least eight Filipinos had a close encounter with the patient, one of them now confined at the RITM, showing symptoms. The seven others were at their respective homes being quarantined.

 

A task force was organized by Health Department to trace the 200 people who were at the same flight with the patient.

South Korea has been experiencing the MERS Cov outbreak. To date, a total of 184 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers) cases, including 33 deaths, have been reported in the Korea.

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