Patient with suspected MERS-CoV brought to RITM — DOH

A suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was recorded on Wednesday at the Emergency Room of Laguna Doctors Hospital.

The patient, who works abroad, was immediately rushed to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa, as per Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon director Dr. Edgardo Janairo.

During an interview, Janairo quickly denied the claims that the patient has died of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). He also added that they are currently monitoring the case since it would be difficult to control the virus once it spreads.

ER in Laguna doctors Hospital currently closed for decontamination

Meanwhile, the emergency room in Laguna where the suspected MERS-CoV patient was first rushed, was temporarily closed for decontamination, said Janairo. Also, those who interacted with the patient were required to undergo isolation in their resoective homes.

Janairo then noted that they will be brought to the RITM if they experience symptoms in 21 to 28 days.

Both SARS and MERS-CoV are contagious respiratory diseases, with the former originating in Hong Kong and China, and the latter in the Middle East. Among its symptoms include fever with cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, or difficulty of breathing. Other accompanying symptoms are fatigue, headache, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Janairo then advised the public to wear face masks to avoid catching respiratory diseases.

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