PH on MERS-CoV watch


    THE government has sent a team to the Middle East to check on Filipino health workers there following the confirmation by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh that a Filipino has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Malacanang said on Sunday.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health are keeping track of the reported MERS-CoV cases in Saudi and in South Korea.

    “The DOH has sent a team of experts in the Middle East to help the DFA trace and monitor Filipino workers in hospitals there and give them the necessary support and medical attention,” Coloma said.

    The Palace official added that the government is keeping tabs on developments in South Korea where 15 people have died of the dreaded disease. As of Sunday, Seoul reported that 145 people have been infected with the virus and one of the nation’s biggest hospitals had to suspend most services.

    “The government is ready to extend help to Filipinos abroad for their immediate treatment and protection from the virus,” Coloma said.

    He asked Filipinos abroad to follow preventive measures, infection protocols and local heath regulations in their areas and to immediately seek medical help if they exhibit symptoms of the disease.


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