12 health workers test negative for MERS-CoV


Posted at Oct 04 2015 01:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2015 05:48 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health said Sunday that 12 health workers tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

This, after their interaction with a Saudi national who had died in the Philippines after showing symptoms of the disease.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said the health workers underwent initial tests after showing symptoms of the disease. They are now doing well at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and San Lazaro Hospital, where their condition will be monitored for 14 days.

"'Yun pong 12 ay nasa maayos na kondisyon naman sila. Kinakailangan lang natin silang ma-confine kasi nagpakita sila ng mga sintomas tulad ng pag-ubo, sipon at lagnat. Para lang masiguro nating hindi MERS-CoV ang problema nila," Lee-Suy told radio dzMM.

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Aside from the 12 health workers, the Task Force MERS-CoV has already started tracing others who have had contact with the Saudi national, including 55 hospital staff, 15 hotel staff, and three funeral parlor workers.

The Saudi national started exhibiting symptoms of MERS-CoV, including coughing, high fever, and chills, on September 26.

The Saudi national was admitted to a private hospital on September 28 and died the next day, Health Secretary Janette Garin said. The DOH received a report about the foreigner only on September 29.

Aside from showing symptoms of MERS-CoV, Garin said the foreigner also showed indication of myocardial infarction, commonly known as heart attack.

The patient was buried within 24 hours after his death, in observance of Muslim tradition.

The DOH has advised the public to be vigilant against the deadly virus.