Possible Middle East respiratory syndrome case in Philippines


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

The woman, 36, has been confined in an isolation room at the Northern Mindanao in 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 personnel are allowed near her.

Bajaj RE Philippines

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 2012.

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 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 .
  • Avoiding contact with camels, consumption of raw camel milk or camel products, eating undercooked camel meat.
  • Travellers to the Middle East and Republic of Korea (South) who develop symptoms either during or after their return should seek medical attention and share their of .
  • 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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