DOH advisory on MERS-Corona Virus

From the Department of Health

The Department of Health (DOH) is fully committed to ensure public health and well-being.

We wish to shed light on current concerns regarding the MERS-Corona virus (MCV).

An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who was exposed to the Filipino who died of the MCV in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and was tested positive for the same virus, returned to the Philippines on Tuesday afternoon, 15 April.

He was in transit from the NAIA to his hometown when the DOH tracked him and directed him to report to the nearest hospital, together with his relatives and well-wishers.

This worker and his group underwent laboratory tests for the MCV, the results of which will be known by Friday, 18 April.

Meantime, this worker, who tested positive in UAE, is now confined at the hospital, while the rest of the welcoming group are also undergoing observation.

To rule out the possibility that they may have been similarly exposed to the MCV, the DOH is directing all those who travelled with this worker on Etihad Flight Number EY 0424 that arrived at the NAIA on 15 April to call up the following DOH hotlines: telephone numbers711-1001; 711-1002; 0922-884-15640920-949-84190915-772-5621.

[Sgd.] ENRIQUE T. ONA, M.D.
Secretary