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DOH: Patient at RITM tests negative for MERS

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia

DOH monitoring suspected MERS case in Laguna

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo says they are still waiting for the results of lab tests to confirm if the patient has the viral respiratory disease

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

South Korea reports first MERS case in 3 years

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person,' says the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rumah Sakit Indonesia di Gaza pererat persahabatan dengan Palestina

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Rumah Sakit Indonesia terletak di Gaza Utara wilayah paling rentan terhadap serangan

Kondisi warga Gaza di tengah serangan Israel. Foto dari KBR

TNT crumbles as Meralco barges into Finals for the first time

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Bolts enter the Finals for the first time since joining the league in 2010

INTO THE FINALS. Meralco makes it to the PBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Chris Newsome with back-to-back vicious dunks on TNT

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Chris Newsome flies high for two highlight jams

NEWSOME JAMS. Chris Newsome (C) completes two memorable dunks against TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco prevails in TNT shootout, moves a win away from Finals

Oct 01, 2016 - 8:49 PM

In a thrilling highlight filled game Meralco shoots past TNT to move a win away from a franchise first Finals appearance in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup

FULLY CHARGED. The Meralco Bolts gain a 2-1 semis lead over TNT KaTropa and are one win away from the Finals. Photo from PBA Images

How one man spread a killer virus in hospital

Jul 09, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Our results show the increased potential of MERS virus infection from a single patient in an overcrowded emergency room say researchers from Samsung Medical Center where the outbreak occurred

MERS. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Omani man tests positive for MERS in Thailand

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The 71 year old arrived in Thailand on Friday with a fever which doctors in Oman could not treat

South Korea announces official end to MERS outbreak

Dec 23, 2015 - 1:11 PM

Seoul s health ministry cites no further risk of infection about 7 months after the first case was diagnosed in May

In this file photo, member of a medical team wearing protective clothing treating a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient in a room on an isolation ward at Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 10, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korean man first MERS-related death since July

Oct 25, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The victim was said to be cured already but had been battling an acute lung ailment a complication of the virus

MERS-COV. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015. File photo by Yonhap News/EPA

Last S. Korea MERS patient rediagnosed with virus

Oct 13, 2015 - 1:53 PM

The diagnosis deals a blow to Seoul s hopes of being declared free of a disease that has infected 186 people in South Korea killing 36 of them since its outbreak in May

A medical staff member wearing a protective suit enters the room of a patient suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in an isolation ward at the Seoul Medical Center during a government-organised media tour, in Seoul on June 10, 2015. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has postponed a planned trip to the US, her spokesman said, amid growing public alarm over the MERS outbreak which has now claimed nine lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

MERS-CoV claims first death in PH

Oct 03, 2015 - 11:10 AM

2nd UPDATE The 63 year old Saudi male showed symptoms on September 26 and was pronounced dead 3 days later the Department of Health says

MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia

Aug 27, 2015 - 11:40 PM

The number of MERS infections also surges to 1 171 cases

MERS PROTECTION. Muslim pilgrims wear nose and mouth masks on the way to Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba. File photo by STR/AFP

Aquino’s last SONA, NBI on INC, MERS in Korea| 12PM wRap

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

Jul 28, 2015 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn: I ask the public to shake off all concerns over MERS and to resume normal daily activities including economic cultural leisure and school activities

ISOLATION. A member of a medical team wearing protective clothing treating a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient in a room on an isolation ward at Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 10, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea offers insurance for tourists amid MERS-CoV outbreak

Jul 24, 2015 - 8:11 PM

The insurance system automatically registers tourists who entered and will enter the country within 3 months from June 22 to September 21

A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015. File photo by Yonhap News/EPA

Normality returns to hospital at center of Korea MERS crisis

Jul 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The past two weeks have seen no new reported cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

MacroAsia spending over P820 million for expansion

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:43 PM

While MacroAsia sees the continued growth of its maintenance repair overhaul and ground handling businesses this year it looks at 2015 with guarded optimism

EXPANSION PLANS. MicroAsia Corporation plans to spend around P850 million for three years to finance its expansion plans. Photos from macroasiacorp.com

Aquino’s bet, PH vs China, LeBron on Cavs | 6PM wRap

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:24 PM

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Foreigner at RITM now clear of MERS-CoV

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED The health department cannot totally commit yet that the Philippines is already MERS free since it is still monitoring the foreigner s contacts

Binay snubs senate, MERS, PH in Wimbledon | 6PM wRap

Jul 07, 2015 - 6:55 PM

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Close contact of MERS-CoV patient tests negative

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:18 PM

The close contact of the foreign patient will be transferred to a regular ward and will remain under observation until the 14 day incubation period ends

TESTING CENTER. One of 8 negative pressure rooms at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

PH vs China, Egay, Princess Charlotte | 6PM wRap

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:38 PM

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MERS in PH, Poe on MRT deal, tropical storm Egay | 12PM wRap

Jul 06, 2015 - 12:31 PM

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DOH: Foreigner in PH tests positive for MERS-CoV

Jul 06, 2015 - 10:04 AM

UPDATED The 36 year old male patient who traveled from the Middle East is currently in isolation at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and is recovering the Department of Health says

Arellano survives Lyceum’s second half surge for first win

Jul 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Arellano earns its first win of the season despite a late rally by Lyceum

CHIEF ROCKA. Wilson Baltazar of Arellano University dribbles the ball up court. The Chiefs bounced back from their opening game loss to JRU to beat Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda

South Korea reports new MERS case after 4 days of hiatus

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:19 AM

The latest case involves a nurse from Seoul s Samsung Medical Center

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Korean student suspected of MERS quarantined in Bacolod

Jul 01, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The patient arrived from South Korea on June 26 and is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital

FUMIGATION. South Korean health officials fumigate a theater while wearing protective gear in Seoul on June 12, 2015. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

3 South Koreans admitted to RITM negative for MERS

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:17 AM

The Philippines remains free from the virus while South Korea reports no new MERS cases and deaths for the first time in 9 days

TESTING CENTER. One of 8 negative pressure rooms at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

S. Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:04 AM

It is the first time that the country has reported no additional infections as well as no new deaths since June 20

QUARANTINE. Arriving passengers from the Middle East pass by a thermal camera at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2015. File photo by Yonhap/EPA

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

Jun 28, 2015 - 12:54 PM

The virus s mortality rate continues to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appears to slow

Two women wearing face masks sit on a street in Seoul on June 14, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

S. Korea passes new law to curb MERS outbreak

Jun 26, 2015 - 2:20 PM

The new law also strengthens officials power to restrict the movement of infected people and close contaminated facilities with offenders who refuse to follow their orders facing two years in prison or a 18 000 fine

FIGHTING MERS. A man (C) gets into an ambulance at a hospital in the southeastern city of Daegu, South Korea, June 26, 2015, to return home after it was confirmed he has completely recovered from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Photo by YONHAP/EPA

SWS on Poe, MERS outbreak, De la Hoya’s comeback | 6PM wRap

Jun 24, 2015 - 6:12 PM

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South Korean hospitals suspend services as MERS outbreak spreads

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:04 PM

The new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome include two who were in the same hospital ward as other patients with the potentially deadly virus

OFF LIMITS. Medical workers deny outpatients entry to a hospital in the city of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea, June 24, 2015, after a nurse at the hospital tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Yonhap/EPA

Samsung heir apologizes over South Korea MERS outbreak

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul one of the country s top hospitals accounts for about half of all 175 confirmed cases of MERS in South Korea the largest outbreak of the disease outside Saudi Arabia

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Binay resigns from Cabinet, EDSA road-sharing, MERS | 6PM wRap

Jun 22, 2015 - 6:38 PM

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South Korea reports 3 new MERS cases

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:06 AM

The latest numbers came a day after South Korea reported no new cases raising guarded hope that Seoul was winning the battle to contain the virus

MERS WATCH. Hundreds of schools in South Korea have been closed to prevent the spread of the MERS virus. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea: No new MERS cases for first time in 16 days

Jun 20, 2015 - 4:07 PM

In Thailand which reported Southeast Asia s first case of MERS since the virus was confirmed in South Korea authorities work to contain the outbreak

MERS PRECAUTIONS. South Korean soldiers wear face masks as they march after a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of Korean Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 6, 2015. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Thailand confirms first MERS case

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED A Thai government spokesman later told reporters the man was from Oman and had traveled to a central Bangkok hospital for treatment for a heart problem

Maritime dispute, Kentex fire, MERS outbreak | 6PM wRap

Jun 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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South Korea reports 20th MERS death

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Criticism grows over authorities ability to contain the outbreak with alarming reports of new cases slipping through a quarantine that already affects thousands

EPICENTER. A general view shows South Korea's largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Arms turnover, Duterte on MRT, TRO on Torre de Manila | 6PM wRap

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Pemerintah Indonesia imbau bahaya MERS bagi jamaah umrah Ramadan

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Apa yang harus jamaah umrah lakukan di Arab Saudi agar tak terjangkit virus MERS?

Jamaah haji asal Indonesia sebelum berangkat naik pesawat menuju Mekah, Arab Saudi, pada 17 November 2007. Foto oleh Mast Irham/EPA

South Korea reports 3 MERS deaths as new cases fall

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

UPDATED The number of new cases has been gradually declining from 12 on Friday June 12 to 4 on Tuesday sparking hopes that the outbreak might be showing early signs of easing

ALERT. Employees wearing protective facial masks stand guard in front of a closed emergency room, at Seoul Boramae Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Decommissioned arms, human trafficking, MERS outbreak | 6PM wRap

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:36 PM

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South Korea reports 16th MERS death, 5 new cases

Jun 15, 2015 - 1:52 PM

The total number of cases – including the 16 deaths – rises to 150 South Korea s health ministry says adding 17 patients are in unstable condition

Two women wearing face masks sit on a street in Seoul on June 14, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea reports 15th MERS death, 7 new cases

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED The overall number of people across the nation who came into contact with patients and were put under quarantine rises to 4 856

FOR SAFETY. Foreign tourists wearing face masks arrive at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, 12 June 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Yonhap/EPA

Please don't put me under quarantine

Jun 14, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Being at the center of a controversial viral outbreak could be an exciting coverage for a science journalist

MASK OR NO MASK? Travelers at Incheon Airport in Seoul wait for their flights. Photo by Shaira Panela

South Korea MERS virus outbreak 'large and complex' – WHO

Jun 13, 2015 - 2:01 PM

World Health Organization and South Korean health authorities conduct a joint mission to review the largest MERS outbreak outside Saudi Arabia

VIGILANCE. WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security Keiji Fukuda said the Korean government must continue monitoring the disease and conducting prevention measures.