2nd MERS-CoV case in Philippines confirmed–The Department of Health (DOH) stated on Monday.
The country has it’s second case of the MERS-CoV or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after a foreign 36 year old male tests results turned positive of the Virus.
The unnamed person has travel history to the middle east that is believed to be the cause of how he caught the deadly disease.
According to Secretary Garin “At 11:30 a.m. last Saturday, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in southern Metro Manila received a referral about a foreigner who came from the Middle East who was showing symptoms of Mers.
Tests proved the patient positive for the disease and the individual was transferred to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) where his condition is being closely watched,”
The patient is very stable and cooperative, results showed that the patient has a low viral load of MERS-CoV and may be on his way to recovery, secretary Garin said.
According to DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee-Suy the patient was already on the 14th day of the incubation period of the virus when he was tested. This means that the risk of transmission to other passengers in the same flight with the patient is lower.
The DOH has mobilized the Task Force MERS-CoV to create heightened awareness of the disease as reported.
Symptoms of MERS is similar to those who have flu. The patient experiences fever with cough and colds. Eight people who had close contact with the patient have been monitored by the DOH.
One is confined at the RITM, because of the cough symptoms while the Seven others are quarantined at their homes, secretary Garin said.
The persons at risk are those who have repeated and close contact with the infected patient and that there has been no record of community transmission of the virus, So there is No need to Panic. secretary Garin added.
According to The World Health Organization since September 2012, it has been notified of 1,365 confirmed MERS-CoV case worldwide, including at least 487 related deaths. Image/AP