Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 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

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

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

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

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

Work linked to Filipino MERS cases in Saudi Arabia

Mar 06, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The 3 Filipino MERS CoV patients in Saudi Arabia got exposed to other MERS CoV cases in different hospitals the Philippines confirms

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. A Saudi wears a mouth and nose mask as he works near camels at his farm on May 12, 2014, outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens and foreign workers to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels to avoid spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) as health experts said the animal was the likely source of the disease. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

PH to help 3 suspected MERS patients in Saudi Arabia

Mar 05, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Saudi Arabia s Ministry of Health confirms that 3 Filipinos contracted the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. A Saudi wears a mouth and nose mask as he leads camels at his farm on May 12, 2014, outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia urges its citizens and foreign workers to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels to avoid spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as health experts say the animal was the likely source of the disease. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

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

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 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

MERS still 'significant' threat to Saudi

Oct 29, 2014 - 7:53 AM

The virus has infected at least 17 people in Taif since September 5 a ministry statement says

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 Agenc

'Sporadic' MERS cases in Saudi: health ministry

Oct 16, 2014 - 10:58 PM

The ministry said it has recorded sporadic cases of MERS CoV around the kingdom and reiterated the need for precautions to help prevent the virus from spreading

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 Agenc

Hajj free of Ebola, MERS: Saudi minister

Oct 06, 2014 - 6:24 PM

Preventive measures included setting a center to direct the hajj health operation and requiring every pilgrim to complete a health screening questionnaire

MUSLIM TRADITION. This general view shows Muslim pilgrims arriving for a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, home of the cube-shaped Kaaba or 'House of God' that Muslims believe was built by Abraham 4,000 years ago, on September 30, 2014. Photo by Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP

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

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

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

Saudi hospital head sacked as MERS death toll hits 117

May 07, 2014 - 8:48 PM

2nd UPDATE Panic at King Fahd Hospital prompted at least 4 doctors to resign mid April after they refused to treat MERS 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

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

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

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

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

Teenager among 11 new MERS cases in Saudi

Apr 23, 2014 - 5:06 PM

The new cases bring to 272 the total number of MERS infections including 81 deaths registered across the kingdom since the virus was first detected 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

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

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

Saudi reports two new cases of MERS virus

Nov 09, 2013 - 6:11 PM

The two new cases are both Saudis the country s health ministry says

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. 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

New Saudi cases lift MERS infections to 136: WHO

Oct 04, 2013 - 10:05 PM

The respiratory virus which appeared first in Saudi Arabia last year has killed 58 people worldwide 49 of them in the kingdom according to official Saudi figures and the World Health Organisation

Saudi man dies of MERS virus - ministry

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:11 AM

This brings the kingdom s death toll from the SARS like virus to 41 while two new cases are registered

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. 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

Widest study highlights risks from MERS virus

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Study: Older patients men and people with underlying medical conditions are those particularly at risk

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. 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 4 new deaths from MERS virus

Jun 17, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Two people died in the western city of Taif and the other two were pronounced dead in Eastern Province where most cases have been registered

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. 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

Study warns of longer incubation for SARS-like virus

May 30, 2013 - 9:00 AM

The incubation period of the SARS like virus that has killed 27 people globally may be longer than previously thought requiring longer quarantine

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. 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

WHO: Death toll from SARS-like virus hits 27

May 29, 2013 - 10:53 PM

The new virus was last week renamed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus