MERS Coronavirus - updates

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 12, 2015 - 6:02 PM

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PH mapping Middle East hospitals with MERS cases

Feb 20, 2015 - 8:20 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is also mapping hospitals that previously treated MERS cases as well as communities

Filipina nurse already clear of MERS-CoV

Feb 20, 2015 - 2:36 PM

UPDATED The nurse will remain in a 10 day home quarantine following protocol

DOH: Only 2 under MERS-CoV check

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:11 PM

One of the Filipina nurse s co passengers in a February 1 flight from Saudi Arabia will go through another round of tests as per protocol He initially tested negative for MERS

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

10 with MERS symptoms, Purisima leaves, freed AJ staff | The wRap

Feb 13, 2015 - 7:02 PM

10 more are quarantined for MERS symptoms Ex police chief Purisima moves out of Crame Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalists

10 more admitted to RITM for MERS-CoV check

Feb 13, 2015 - 3:28 PM

All 10 health personnel of Evangelista Medical Specialty Hospital are manifesting symptoms of the deadly virus despite initial tests yielding negative results They will stay at RITM for another round of tests

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

Garin: Filipina nurse with MERS-CoV pregnant

Feb 12, 2015 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED The 32 year old nurse who is now 4 to 5 weeks pregnant no longer has fever and is in stable condition

PNP-SAF video, Espina turns emotional, nurse MERS-positive | The wRap

Feb 11, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Police confirm: man shot in an execution video was one of the SAF 44 Acting police chief Espina hits the MILF for the brutal execution of some police commandos And a Filipina nurse tests positive for the MERS Coronavirus

Filipina nurse from Saudi tests positive for MERS-CoV

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED The patient is currently admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine after undergoing 3 tests that yielded positive results

Aquino: Ebola ‘paramount concern’ due to OFWs

Oct 13, 2014 - 12:27 PM

President Benigno Aquino III does not announce any plan to send Filipino health workers to help victims in West Africa

A photograph made available on 10 October 2014 shows a Liberian burial squad carry the body of an Ebola victim in Marshall, Margini county, Liberia, 25 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

DOH: Filipino nurse tests negative for MERS

Sep 05, 2014 - 11:39 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Health says ‘all activities for contact tracing will be terminated’

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

DOH still waiting for nurse’s MERS test result from Saudi

Sep 04, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The health department is already in touch with at least 60 passengers of Saudi Airlines flight SV870 which the nurse took in her return trip to Manila on August 29

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Sep 03, 2014 - 8:52 PM

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DOH: Filipino nurse with MERS-CoV arrived in PH

Sep 03, 2014 - 12:31 PM

UPDATED As of today we can still claim that the Philippines is MERS CoV free says Health Secretary Enrique Ona as the health department awaits the new test results of the nurse

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

Saudi MERS toll surges to 282: ministry

Jun 05, 2014 - 1:17 AM

A comprehensive revision going back to 2012 results in revising up the death toll

Iran announces 1st MERS death

May 30, 2014 - 12:31 AM

The 53 year old woman suffered from high blood pressure and her immune system could not fight the virus

DOH sends experts to Middle East to check OFWs' MERS status

May 26, 2014 - 1:01 PM

The department is requesting recruitment agencies to check on their deployed health workers in the Middle East at least once a week

Going abroad? DOH mulls mandatory oral polio vaccine

May 15, 2014 - 4:15 PM

For now the health department is encouraging Filipinos heading to countries with reported cases of polio to take the oral vaccine in private clinics and hospitals

AMEND THE LAW. New Health Spokesperson Dr Lyndon Lee Suy says the department is in talks with lawmakers on updating the AIDS law in the country. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Netherlands reports first case of MERS virus

May 14, 2014 - 9:05 PM

A man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia is the first case of the deadly virus in the Netherlands

3 new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

May 12, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Of 496 total cases 483 people are now infected by the MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia since its appearance in 2012

7 new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

May 10, 2014 - 9:39 PM

The MERS death toll in Saudi Arabia has now risen to 133

Lebanon registers first case of MERS: ministry

May 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

A patient is diagnosed in Lebanon as being a carrier of the MERS coronavirus

4 new MERS deaths, 18 more infections in Saudi

May 08, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The disease which first appeared in the kingdom in September 2012 has now infected a total number 449 Saudis

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

Jordanian dies of MERS virus: ministry

May 07, 2014 - 12:15 AM

Jordan reports its second fatality from the disease this year and fourth since 2012

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

Saudi MERS death toll reaches 115: ministry

May 05, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The country s number of MERS cases meanwhile has risen to 414 the world s highest tally

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

MERS death toll in Saudi climbs to 107

May 03, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Public concern in Saudi Arabia over the spread of MERS has mounted after the resignation of at least four doctors at Jeddah s King Fahd Hospital who refused to treat patients for fear of infection

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

Deadly Middle East respiratory virus strikes in US

May 03, 2014 - 7:43 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 401 people in 12 countries have been confirmed to have MERS including the US patient

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

Jordan records two new MERS infections

May 01, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Jordan reported the first death of MERS virus this year in February after two previous fatalities in 2012

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

Ona on MERS: Nat’l ID system needed to track victims faster

May 01, 2014 - 5:20 PM

One week to trace possible carriers of deadly virus is too long as what happened with the attempt to track passengers of Etihad Airways Flight EY 0424 says the health secretary

Health Secretary Enrique Ona (center) in Cagayan de Oro, Dr. Jose Chan, chief of Hospital of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (left), Health Assistant Secretary Romulo Busuego. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

2 new MERS deaths bring Saudi toll to 107

Apr 30, 2014 - 10:38 PM

16 new infections nationwide raises the total number of cases diagnosed to 361

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

Saudi announces 3 new MERS deaths, toll hits 105

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Three men – aged 56 61 and 79 – died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Riyadh bringing to 105 the total deaths since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012

 AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

MERS incubation period ends; 10 Etihad passengers untracked

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Labor attachés in the Middle East have been ordered to get the Philippine addresses and contact numbers of OFWs before they return to the country

MERS-FREE Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (C), head of the DOH Committee on Emerging Infections says the Philippine remains MERS-free as of April 29. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

FAST FACTS: The MERS Coronavirus

Apr 27, 2014 - 2:03 PM

The WHO reports that about 36% of all cases of MERS – which has already reached at least 25 countries – resulted in death

MERS alert: 11 things OFWs should do

Apr 24, 2014 - 2:34 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration asks recruitment agencies to report to the health department once they know of any case of the virus among their deployed workers abroad

4 co-passengers of OFW in N. Mindanao cleared of MERS

Apr 23, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Five Etihad Airways flight EY 0424 passengers have been traced in Northern Mindanao The fifth passenger has moved to Ilocos before he or she is tested

DOH: 6 co-passengers of OFW not yet tested for MERS

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:32 PM

5th UPDATE Health Secretary Ona renews calls for the remaining passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY 0424 last April 15 to submit themselves to free nose throat swab test

Ona: Philippines is MERS-free

Apr 21, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the OFW who had tested positive for MERS in the UAE has overcome the infection and is now free from the virus

OFW's co-passengers asked to check for MERS

Apr 17, 2014 - 8:08 PM

The 418 passengers will be asked if they have fever or flu like symptoms that might be signs of the sometimes fatal MERS

DOH announces first case of MERS virus infection in PH

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED The case an OFW makes the Philippines one of the first 2 countries in Asia outside the Middle East to have laboratory confirmed cases of the virus

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