Sunday, July 5, 2015

MERS-CoV Presents in PH

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By Alon Calinao Dy: The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed last Monday that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) contracted a 36-year-old male foreigner who has a vacation leave in the Philippines.

This is now a second case of MERS-CoV in the country. The first news report was a pregnant nurse who worked in the Middle East but she recovered after she was quarantined and received a treatment from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The usual symptoms of MERS are cough, fever, shortness of breath. It is recommended to avoid crowds and those people who have the same symptoms mentioned above. It is also advisable to perform hand washing before, during, and after contact with people who are sick.

Let's be aware that MERS is a dangerous communicable disease. It already killed a lot of people around the world. Many Saudis died in 2012 that developed severe acute respiratory illness because of this deadly virus.

The popular saying "prevention is better than cure" is true. Although the MERS-CoV can affect anyone at any time, this virus can be more fatal to the immunocompromised people than those who have an intact immune system.

If you suspect anyone with MERS-CoV symptoms, kindly contact Department of Health, San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila. You may call (+632) 743 8301 loc. 23 or visit the website at for latest news and updates.