Filipino Nurses been infected of deadly virus in Saudi Arabia, cases expected to rise.
MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia increased fears upon spreading the so-called deadly virus. Currently, a new case been reported, involving 4 Filipino nurses found infected with MERS Coronavirus. They were working in the same hospital, acquire virus upon exposure to patients with such virus.
Filipino nurses infected were identified, a 55-year-old male nurse, and three female nurses aged 29 and 32 who are confined in the Intensive Care Unit, and a 50 year-old. The other nurse is still under observation and one of them under isolation.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose stated, “But our embassy was assured by the management of the hospital that these Filipinos are being provided the best medical treatment available, and that the hospital is well equipped to handle Mers-CoV [cases]” .“We reiterate our previous advisory to our workers to take extra precaution by attention to their personal hygiene. For those working in hospitals they should strictly follow the infection prevention protocols and for those who experience symptoms to report to the hospital immediately.”
Since 2012, Saudi Arabia has identified 1,147 infections of the virus, including 487 deaths. MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia, killed many and yet death toll is expected to rise. More cases have been reported recently in Riyadh and infected patients currently observed and been treated. Travel health alert been imposed to enhanced precautions, however department did not impose travel ban to the country.
There is still no specific vaccine or treatment for the deadly disease, however antiviral medications are currently being studied. World Health Organization advises to avoid contact with camels, as they are known major carrier of the disease. Only eat fully cooked camel meat, pasteurized camel milk, and to avoid drinking camel urine, though its urine is considered a medicine for various illnesses in the Middle East. MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia will bring threaten, wearing face mask then is recommended specially when exposed to camels and infected patients. IMAGE/AFP