Department of Health announced on Wednesday, February 11, the first ever MERS-CoV victim in the Philippines. The 32-years-old Filipina Nurse who arrived on NAIA from Saudi Arabia last February 1, was confirmed a MERS-CoV patient.

DOH: Pinay nurse confirmed afflicted with MERS-CoV

DOH has not disclosed any identification of the Nurse who infected by MERS-CoV. She is now in a stable condition and under monitoring in a private room at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. 

The Filipina Nurse had a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The 225 other passengers on board of Saudia Flight 860 are now on search for possible infections, reported by the DOH.

World health Organization (WHO) said that MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, ranging from the common cold to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

MERS-Cov was first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. There at least 356 have died from the said virus, while there have been 971 confirmed cases, according to WHO.

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