The Department of Health (DOH) is now monitoring a Pinay nurse, who arrived in the country on February 1, who tested positive for the MERS-CoV in RITM.
In a report of Rappler dated February 11, 2015, DOH Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy said 3 tests were done on the patient, who was confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Tuesday, February 10. All 3 tests yielded positive results.
The 32-year-old nurse, along with her husband, arrived in Manila on February 1.
“The patient is currently confined in a negative pressure room at RITM. Patuloy siyang sinusubaybayan ng ating mga doctors at health workers,” DOH said.
Both couple from Saudi Arabia were admitted at the RITM after they had fever, experienced body pain, and had cough and difficulty in breathing – symptoms of a patient with MERS-CoV.
Reports said that the couple were in possible contact with 225 co-passengers.
No reports yet from the Department of Health about the necessary precaution, necessary support for coping with the disease and even preventing them from spreading.
Meanwhile, the assurance that the Philippines remains free from MERS-CoV is now lifted.
As of February 5, the WHO said at least 356 have died from the virus, while there have been 971 confirmed cases.
According to Cornell Chronicle, there is currently no cure for MERS, a respiratory illness that can lead to renal failure and kills 35 percent of the people it infects.