Possible Middle East respiratory syndrome case in Philippines

A woman was confined in the southern Philippines for monitoring after she showed symptoms of the Middle East respiratory syndrome-Coronavirus MERS when she arrived from Singapore inMERS early February, a doctor said.

The woman, 36, has been confined in an isolation room at the Northern Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro since February 3, said the results of her test will be released on Saturday.

Guards are watching her from a distance of 15 metres and only authorised hospital personnel are allowed near her.

MERS has killed 10 Filipinos in the Middle East.

Hundreds were killed and thousands were infected of MERS which was first identified in Saudi Arabia in April 2012.

NHS Advise to prevent MERS

  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from respiratory infections.
  • Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • Adhering to food safety and hygiene rules such as avoiding undercooked meats, raw fruits and vegetables unless they have been peeled, or unsafe water.
  • Avoiding close contact with live farm or wild animals.
  • Avoiding contact with camels, consumption of raw camel milk or camel products, eating undercooked camel meat.
  • Travellers to the Middle East and the Republic of Korea (South) who develop symptoms either during travel or after their return should seek medical attention and share their history of travel.
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands) and to delay travel until their symptoms clear up.

The Illness

MERS-CoV infection has an incubation period of up to ten days. It presents most frequently with fever and respiratory symptoms but has also presented with kidney failure, diarrhoea and severe fever.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Breathing difficulties.





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