Two patients remain at RITM for MERS tests

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Two patients remain at RITM for MERS tests
A total of 86 co-passengers of the index case test negative of the virus so far; There's no reason to panic because MERS CoV is not airborne, reiterates Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin

MANILA, Philippines – Only two patients remain under monitoring at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) due to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV), while a total of 86 other people tested for the virus have been sent home after their results came out negative.

Ikinagagalak po naming ibalita na dalawa na lamang ang pasyenteng kasalukuyang nasa RITM. Kasama na dito ang index case na nurse mula Saudi,” said Garin in a presser Sunday morning. 

(We are happy to report that only two patients remain at RITM, including the index case of the nurse from Saudi Arabia.)

A new batch of 11 patients tested negative in the second round of tests, but they will still have to undergo home quarantine until February 24, Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin said Sunday, February 15.

The other passengers of Saudia Airlines flight 860, the flight taken by the Filipina nurse, are awaiting test results. 

The nurse continues to test positive for the virus. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is also watching another patient. 

MERS not airborne

Garin reiterated that the public has no reason to panic because MERS is not airborne.

Walang dapat ikatakot, Hindi airborne ang MERS CoVLahat ng taga-Laguna kasama na ang taga-Metro Manila, hindi kayo dapat matakot,” she said.

(There is nothing to fear. MERS CoV isn’t airborne. All residents of Laguna, including residents of Metro Manila, should not be afraid [of the virus].)

She explained: “Nakakahawa ito sa pamamagitan ng respiratory droplets within a distance of one meter or less, more likely with multiple exposure.” (It is only contagious via respiratory droplets within a distance of one meter or less, more likely with multiple exposure.) – Rappler.com

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