• Two Filipinos cleared of MERS-CoV


    Follow-up story to Two more Pinoys confirmed with MERS-CoV

    TWO Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia have finally recovered from the deadly Middle East Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), but two more are still in serious condition, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.


    Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said two Filipino nurses–one female and one male–have already been discharged from the hospital.


    He added that although the remaining two nurses–both females–are still in serious condition, they have shown signs of “improvement” because they can already communicate.


    “The embassy is monitoring their situation and making sure they are getting the proper treatment and they are in close coordination with their employers,” Jose said.


    Since 2013, 10 Filipinos–eight from Saudi Arabia and two from the United Arab of Emirates (UAE)–have died from contracting the virus, which has spread in the Middle East region, particularly in Saudi Arabia.


    According to the World health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, ranging from the common cold to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


    Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and even diarrhea.


    The MERS-CoV is a coronavirus strain first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.





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