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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Korea reports 14th MERS death, 12 new cases

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:19 AM

South Korea s health ministry says all the 14 deceased had pre existing health conditions with the most recent fatality suffering from hypertension and hypothyroidism

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. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea reports 11th MERS death

Jun 12, 2015 - 1:48 PM

The number of new cases falls to 4 down from 14 the previous day and 13 on Wednesday bringing to 126 the total number of people in South Korea diagnosed with MERS

FIGHTING MERS. South Korean consumers wearing protective facial masks walk by a store in Seoul, South Korea. June 11, 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Woman tests negative for MERS after panic in Hong Kong

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Residents in Hong Kong are particularly sensitive after an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS killed 299 people in the city in 2003

WARNING. A notice warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is displayed at the departure hall in Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, June 9, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

South Korean MERS cases rise to 122

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The number of fatalities remain at 9 with no new deaths in the last 24 hours the health ministry says

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

Woman isolated in Hong Kong hospital over MERS

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:41 PM

The suspected MERS carrier visited South Korea from May 23 27 officials say

WARNINGS. A woman walks past notice warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at the departure hall in Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, June 9, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

Don't fear MERS, Korean doctors say

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:00 PM

After studying the first two cases Korean researchers are able to study the virus and provide initial information on how it can be contained

PRECAUTION. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Yonhap/EPA

Park postpones US trip as South Korea MERS death toll hits 9

Jun 10, 2015 - 9:14 AM

UPDATED The decision to delay the June 14 18 visit came after Park s administration came under fire for its alleged insufficient response to the crisis

PROTECTIVE GEAR. Members of a medical team in front of a closed hospital emergency room at Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 9, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea reports 7th MERS death, vows to end outbreak

Jun 09, 2015 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED The latest fatality involved a 68 year old woman who came into contact with a MERS patient at a hospital in Seoul on May 27 and 28 the health ministry says

COVERED. A South Korean woman together with soldiers wearing protective facial masks walk at a street in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

'Screen South Korean tourists amid MERS threat'

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says the Philippines Department of Health should learn from their poor screening of passengers during the Ebola virus scare in 2014

SCHOOLS CLOSED. Hundreds of schools in South Korea have been closed to prevent the spread of the MERS virus. A Philippine congressman urges authorities to strictly screen tourists and students who are coming from the Southeast Asian neighbor. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

MERS in South Korea: 6th death, surge in infections

Jun 08, 2015 - 11:01 AM

UPDATED From just 4 cases two weeks ago the total number of infections now stands at 87 including fatalities; the outbreak triggers widespread public concern in South Korea with 2 300 people placed under quarantine

QUARANTINE. A member of a medical team walks in front of a closed hospital emergency room at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 5, 2015. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

South Korea vows 'all-out' fight vs MERS outbreak

Jun 07, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED The number of infections rise to 64 after 14 new cases including one death of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS are confirmed on Saturday night by the health ministry

Seoul mayor declares 'war' on MERS after fourth death

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Five new cases overnight take the number of infected people to 41 in what has become the largest MERS outbreak outside Saudi Arabia

FIGHTING MERS. South Korean Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo holds a press briefing at the Sejong government complex in Sejong, South Korea, 05 June 2015, announcing that the government has decided to release the names of hospitals where a large number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patients have visited. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Fresh cases, 700 schools closed in South Korea MERS outbreak

Jun 04, 2015 - 10:18 AM

UPDATED Five more cases are confirmed bringing the total number of known infections to 35 the health ministry says

PRECAUTION. A group of foreign tourists wearing facial masks arrives at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on June 2, 2015, as South Korea is gripped by increasing cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea president urges action as MERS outbreak closes schools

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:04 PM

UPDATED The current outbreak in South Korea is the largest outside Saudi Arabia

EMPTY CHAIRS, EMPTY TABLES. A general view shows an empty classroom at an elementary school in Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province, central South Korea, 03 June 2015. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea reports first MERS deaths to growing alarm

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The latest outbreak – the largest outside the Middle East – triggered widespread public alarm in the Asia s fourth largest economy

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

Seoul Korea president scolds health officials over MERS scare

Jun 01, 2015 - 1:03 PM

President Park: The initial response to MERS was insufficient

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

S. Korea reports two additional MERS cases

May 29, 2015 - 12:56 PM

The infections are all traced to the original case of a 68 year old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia

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