The Philippines announced on Monday (July 6, 2015) that the second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) in the country has been confirmed.
Department of Health (DOH) said that a 36-year-old male foreigner who came to the country from Dubai tested positive of the virus, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reports.
The first case is a Filipina nurse who arrived from Saudi Arabia last February but she was cleared of the virus later that month.
MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness caused by a new virus that can cause a rapid onset of severe respiratory disease in people and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
What is Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)?
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). -WHO
Check out the infographic below from DOH for more info about MERS-COV, its symptoms, how to prevent it and 24-hour hotline numbers.
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