Davao Region, Negros Occidental free from MERS

Subscribe Now April 25, 2014 at 08:27am

Health authorities declared on Thursday (April 24) Southern Mindanao (or the Davao) Region and the province of Negros Occidental as free from infection of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

The announcements for their respective jurisdictions were made on Thursday (April 24) by Dr. Abdullah Dumama Jr., DOH director for Region 11 (Davao Region), Dr. Ernell Tumimang, Negros Occidental provincial health officer.

MERS-CoV testing have proved negative for all 16 passengers of Etihad Airlines Flight EY0424 who returned from the United Arab Emirates last April 15,

Ten of the passengers are residents of the Davao Region and six are residents of Negros Occidental.

Dumama said that nine of the 10 passengers were earlier quarantined at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) while another passenger was quarantined at a private hospital. All tested negative for Mers-Cov infection.

In Negros Occidental, six Negrense OFWs tested for the virus were also found negative. Five were quarantined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod. The other one, a domestic helper from Toboso town, was quarantined at Cadiz City District Hospital.

Dumama said quick action on testing these passenger was made possible with the cooperation of local government officials, the police, the Office of the Civil Defense, the Bureau of Quarantine, private and government hospitals, and the cooperation of the Etihad passengers themselves.

Meanwhile, Dumama advised the public to maintain cleanliness at all times, taking particularl care to wash their hands frequently and cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

He also urged the public to report to the health authorities anyone who manifests symptoms of Mers-CoV infection.

Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases, diarrhea.

Source: solarnews.ph

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