Another Pinoy gets MERS

ANOTHER Filipino nurse in Jeddah is the latest deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus case in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said on Friday.

The female nurse, whose identity was withheld, is confined in a hospital in Jeddah, OWWA officer Officer Amelito Adel said.

Hospital management has assured the Philippine embassy in Riyadh that the Filipino nurse is being provided the best medical treatment available, and that the hospital is well equipped with comprehensive treatment and facilities for MERS-CoV cases, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Filipinos in Saudi Arabia must take extra precaution, pay attention to their personal hygiene and follow closely the advisory issued by their local health authorities, a DFA advisory has reiterated.

Filipinos working in hospitals are advised to strictly follow the infection prevention protocols and those experiencing symptoms are advised to immediately report to the hospital for treatment.

Adel said the doctor taking care of the infected Filipino assured him that the nurse is now in good condition, and that the respiratory tube connected to her has already been removed.

Based on the latest World Health Organization records, six new MERS-CoV cases have been reported by the National IHR Focal Point in Saudi Arabia between Sept. 20 and 26 this year.

Last August, DFA spokesman Charles Jose reported four cases of MERS-CoV infections involving OFWs.

The two female nurses and a male recovered and later on tested negative for the virus.

The Symptoms of MERS-CoV include fever, cough, shortness of breath and even diarrhea.

The Philippines has no travel ban to the Middle East but has called on Filipino workers in the region to practice health precautions for their own protection.

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