Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus

Postby 2Transformer » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:47 pm

Man in Philippines quarantined after testing positive for Mers virus
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MANILA (AFP) - Philippine health authorities said on Wednesday that they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus.

The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the virus.

"He can infect people so that is why he is quarantined or in isolation," Mr Ona said in a television interview. He said the man, whom he did not name, was reportedly a hospital worker in the United Arab Emirates and may have had contact with someone in that country who died of the Mers virus.

The Filipino was one of those who had a blood sample taken after contact with the deceased, Mr Ona said.

"But before the results were released, he returned to this country. When he was here, the test results came out and it was positive so they informed him at once and alerted us as well," he aaded.

An epidemiologist is being sent to the Middle East to check on the spread of the Mers virus, especially whether it has infected some of the millions of Filipinos working there, the health secretary said.

He added that the government was trying to confirm reports that a Filipino nurse had died from the virus in the Middle East. He urged anyone who had travelled to the Middle East and developed fevers recently to see a doctor.

The Saudi health ministry said on Wednesday that a man had died from Mers in the western city of Jeddah, bringing the death toll in the worst-affected country to 71.

The Mers virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine per cent of whom died.

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Re: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus

Postby 2Transformer » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:48 pm

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian man who developed respiratory complications after returning from Mecca has died, becoming the first case of death caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus in Asia.

The 54-year-old man, from Batu Pahat, Johor, had arrived in Malaysia on March 29 after performing the umrah.

He died on April 13 after being admitted to the Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail for three days, following complaints of fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

Passengers onboard the Turkish Airlines flights TK93 and TK60 on the Jeddah-Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur route on March 29 are urged to contact the Health Ministry for a health screening, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

Mers was first detected in the Middle East in 2012, but researchers have yet to determine its cause.

The World Health Organisation has recorded 238 cases of the disease and 92 deaths globally to date.

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