DOH: Pinay Nurse Confirmed Afflicted with MERS-CoV

The Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed that the Philippines has at least one case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

At a press conference, the Health Department said a female nurse from Saudi Arabia tested positive for the disease, upon returning to the country. The nurse is 32 years old.

The patient is presently confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.

In September 2014, another nurse who also came from Saudi Arabia was suspected to have Mers-CoV, but she ultimately tested negative for the disease.

According to the World health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, ranging from the common cold to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a strain of coronavirus was first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

As of February 5, the WHO said at least 356 have died from the virus, while there have been 971 confirmed cases.


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