Korean student under quarantine


BACOLOD CITY: A Korean student has been placed under observation at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) as a suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) case after manifesting symptoms of the disease.

Dr. Carmela Gensoli of the City Health Office said the Korean was initially confined at a private hospital, but the patient was transferred Tuesday to the CLMMRH.

Swab samples were taken from the patient for confirmatory laboratory tests at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila.

The patient, who arrived in Bacolod last June 26, manifested MERS-CoV-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, and sore throat since June 29.

The apartment where the Korean national is staying is also being monitored, Gensoli said.

Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, said the hospital has been preparing for patients suspected to have MERSCoV.

He added that a four-year-old child was voluntarily checked in at the hospital by her parents after they arrived from the Middle East. The child was released after she was tested negative of the virus.



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