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Pinoys in Middle East advised to take precautions vs MERS

Posted at | Updated as of 04/15/14 2:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos living in the Middle East are advised to take necessary precautions and heed the advise of local health authorities, as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) claimed the life of an OFW in the United Arab Emirates.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminded the two million Filipinos in the Middle East to avoid particular areas where there have been reports of MERS-CoV infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the symptoms of MERS-CoV, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and even diarrhea.

Human cases of MERS-CoV have also been reported in other Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman.

The DFA urged Filipinos in affected countries to remain calm and to heed the advice given by local health authorities, such as washing the hands thoroughly, using sanitizers, and observing other general hygiene practices.

Those who experience any of the disease's symptoms are urged to immediately seek medical attention.

The DFA has confirmed that 1 Filipino health worker died on April 10 due to MERS-CoV, while five other Filipino workers are quarantined as a precaution.

The DFA said the five Filipinos are doing well and recovering.