Filipino in UAE diagnosed with new coronavirus


Posted at Feb 08 2020 02:51 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2020 04:33 PM

The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via Reuters

MANILA (UPDATE) - A Filipino was confirmed to have contracted the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United Arab Emirates, its state news agency said Saturday, citing information from the health ministry.

In a report, the Emirates News Agency said the Filipino and a Chinese national were diagnosed with the disease, bringing to 7 the total number of infected individuals in the UAE.

The report said the 2 new patients, identified through periodic screening of people showing symptoms of the illness, are "under observation" and are being given "necessary medical care according to the highest health standards applicable in the country."

The Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement on Saturday, said it would coordinate with UAE health authorities on the Filipino patient.

"The concerned Filipino is under observation and is being given the necessary medical care in accordance with the highest standards in the UAE," the agency said.

Amid the threat of the novel coronavirus, the DFA urged Filipinos in the UAE to practice good personal hygiene and only get information from local health authorities.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said all its health facilities would continue reporting suspected new cases of the virus, which has been spreading from China since last month.

Earlier this week, a Filipina domestic worker in Dubai died of respiratory symptoms, but authorities said she was not infected with the new coronavirus.

A report from the UAE Ministry of Health showed that the woman died on Feb. 5 at a Dubai hospital, with her "underlying cause of death" listed as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The report said her "immediate cause of death" was septic shock, multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest.

A pathological report released on Feb. 5 said the woman had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

As of Saturday, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 700 people, mostly in China, and infected nearly 35,000.

Several countries have enforced restrictions on travel to and from China to contain the disease.