According to the DOH, the case for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS–Cov around the world is increasing. Those who came from Middle East are advised to be alert and know the symptoms regarding this disease.

The symptoms are as follows:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Diarrhea
The DOH advised the Filipinos, especially those who came from the Middle East to have a checkup if any of the above symptoms are manifesting for 2 weeks already.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS–Cov) Spreading Worldwide

DOH Asec. Eric Tayag said that they will get a sample from the throat of the patient that will be a subject for examination to know if someone is infected by the virus that is believed to have come from SARS. The result of the examination will indicate whether the patient will be sent home or admitted at the hospital. The said virus can kill patient within 10 days.

According to DOH, from March 2013 – April 13, 2014, there are already 228 cases of MERS-Cov recorded all over the world wherein 92 of the victims died including an OFW from United Arab Emirates (UAE) but according to the DOH, SARS can transfer faster than this disease.

Until now, the exact origin of the said virus is still unidentified but there is a doubt that it came from camel which is common in Middle East. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is on alert for the possibility that the virus may enter the country.

Though there is a news about the said virus, the DOH announced that there is no travel ban. It means to say that you can go out of the country and travel to Middle East and you can go back from Middle East as well. The Bureau of Quarantine is making a quick monitoring on everyone who will arrive in the country with fever for medication and examination. source

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