2 more Filipinos die from MERS-CoV in Jeddah


Posted at May 22 2014 05:32 PM | Updated as of May 23 2014 01:32 AM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday confirmed that two more Filipinos in Jeddah have died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona virus (MERS-CoV).

"Our Consulate General in Jeddah confirmed that two more Filipinos died of MERS-CoV. Based on information obtained from official sources by Consulate General representatives, one of the Filipinos died last May 18 while the other Filipino died last May 12," DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said.

Jose said the Consulate has already informed the families of the fatalities and is facilitating the end of service benefits as well as the shipment of remains.
"Our Embassy in Riyadh and our Consulate General in Jeddah are ready to render the necessary assistance to the next-of-kin of the deceased Filipinos," Jose said.

Jose added that the DFA will continue to monitor MERS-CoV incidence in Saudi Arabia and obtain verifiable information on Filipino cases.
"We reiterate our call to our kababayans in the Middle East to follow the advice of health authorities in the Philippines and in their host countries on MERS-CoV and to take precautionary measures," the DFA spokesperson said.

The new cases brings to five the total number of Filipinos killed by MERS-CoV since the virus first emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago.

The DFA earlier confirmed the deaths of two Filipinos due to the virus. The first fatality was a 45-year old Filipino worker at the Al Ain Rescue and Ambulance Section of the UAE Ministry of Interior. The second fatality was reported in Saudi Arabia when a 45-year old Pinay nurse from Negros Occidental died of MERS-CoV at the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh.