Pinoys warned against MERS-CoV

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The Philippine Embassy in Seoul on Thursday advised Filipinos there to take precautionary measures because of the rising number of people infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

In an advisory, the embassy reminded Filipinos to practice proper hygiene by washing their hands with soap or rubbing them with alcohol before and after eating, cooking and preparing meals, after coughing, sneezing and using toilets, and touching animals.

“Use a facial tissue when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with it. Dispose the tissue in a waste basket,” the advisory said.

Filipinos were also urged to avoid contact with farm and domesticated animals, including camels.


“Avoid contact with sick or infected with MERS-CoV. If you have respiratory illness, stay home and wear a surgical mask to protect you family members,” the advisory read.

Filipino health workers in South Korea were told to strictly follow infection control protocols in their work.

The embassy also advised those experiencing MERS-CoV symptoms to visit their doctor, hospital or health facility immediately.

Symptoms include persistent coughing and high fever.

“If you were in close contact with a confirmed MERS-CoV patient, comply with local health regulations and postpone any trip abroad until after test results are negative.”

“Practice healthy habits such as regular exercise, balanced and nutritional diet, and adequate sleep of at least eight hours, as it would help strengthen the body’s immunity.”

The World Health Organization has not declared any outbreak or epidemic of MERS-CoV in South Korea. At least 30 cases of MERS-CoV have been reported with two deaths.

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