3rd person monitored for possible MERS-CoV

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DAVAO CITY: A relative of a nurse who is being monitored for possible Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV ) at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) here has submitted herself for monitoring.

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The 22-year-old niece of the nurse submitted herself to health authorities as she herself suspects that she has been infected with the virus.

“Three persons are now being monitored,” announced Dr. Ricardo Audan, chief of clinics of SPMC.

Audan, however, clarified that all three have not yet shown any of the symptoms of MERS-CoV.

“The 22-year-old woman submitted herself after she claimed to have experienced fever after her closed contact with her aunt, the nurse. But other than that, she is fine, just like her two relatives,” he said.

The three patients have been subjected to testing and results would be known after three days.

The 38-year-old Filipino nurse from Saudi Arabia and her husband were first to be isolated at the Southern Mindanao Medical Center in Davao City early Wednesday.

The nurse, a resident of Banga town in South Cotabato, arrived in the Philippines on August 28.

She visited some relatives in Bulacan in Central Luzon before flying to Davao City.

Before this, the nurse had attended to a patient who had MERS-CoV in a hospital in Dammam.

Five days later, she suffered from fever with symptoms similar to those who are suffering from MERS-CoV.

Her test results, however, turned out negative.

On August 31, the nurse received a call from the Middle East, telling her that her MERS-CoV results turned out positive.

Audan said the couple are “perfectly well.”

Along with their relative, they would be the first case of MERS-CoV in Southern Mindanao.

“They are well and still show no signs of the disease,” Audan said.

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