A male overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia allegedly diagnosed with dreaded Middle East Respiratory
An emergency room of a hospital in Sta. Cruz, Laguna was temporarily subjected to lock-down and decontamination procedures after an OFW who went back home last February 14 was brought there. The OFW initially showed symptoms of the MERS-Cov disease. He was promptly moved to RITM for a further medical check.
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), also known as camel flu, is a viral respiratory infection caused by the MERS–coronavirus (MERS–CoV). Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms include fever, cough, diarrhea, and shortness of breath.
It is believed to be originated from bats and transferred to the camels in the Middle East. The virus is extremely fatal and could spread fast if not properly handled.
However, after a series of medical checks, the OFW turned out negative of the deadly virus.