2 more Negrense OFWs negative for Mers-CoV

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


OF THE six overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Negros Occidental quarantined for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) tests, two more were found negative as of Tuesday, according to the Provincial Health Office.

Initially, only five were quarantined but a sixth OFW, a female nurse from Bacolod, also submitted herself to a test.

The first who tested negative were from Cadiz City and Talisay City while the two others were from Bacolod City.

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All four have already been released from quarantine, said Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang.

Six were quarantined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City. The one tested at Cadiz City District Hospital is a domestic helper from Toboso town.

The four from Bacolod include a male engineer, female manager, female nurse, and a male seafarer. The one from Talisay is a male technician.

"Hopefully, the remaining two quarantined at CLMMRH will also have negative results," Tumimbang said.

He added that there is no cause for alarm because Negros Occidental is free from Mers-CoV.

The six Negrense OFWs were among those who boarded the Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with a male nurse who was initially tested positive for Mers-CoV, but was later found negative of the virus as well.

Tumimbang said an OFW from E.B. Magalona town also submitted himself for quarantine but he was allowed to return home after it was confirmed that he was not among the passengers of the flight from UAE that arrived in the Philippines on April 15. He arrived on April 16.

Meanwhile, in Iloilo City, results of the laboratory analysis on eight Ilonggo passengers also from the same UAE flight turned out negative, according to Department of Health (DOH).

Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH-Western Visayas regional director, said their swab test results were part of the initial 11 specimens they have sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.

She said the rest of the swab results should have arrived Tuesday night.

Convocar said 21 persons, not only 18 as previously reported, from Western Visayas were among the passengers of Etihad Airlines flight from the UAE.

Convocar said all 21 Ilonggos except for one were tracked by the DOH. (With reports from PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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