CIAC screens passengers following MERS-CoV alert

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has coordinated with the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Health (DOH) to screen passengers suspected of carrying the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said it is important that all CIAC personnel and other government agencies at the Clark Airport Passenger Terminal are aware of the virus to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.

CIAC and other concerned agencies established a holding room for suspected carriers of MERS-CoV, said Luciano.

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CIAC also tapped the services of the CIAC Emergency Services, including its medical personnel, for emergency response.

Dr. Jay Cruz, quarantine medical officer at the Clark International Airport, said they had already put up a thermal scanner, which operates 24 hours a day.

Clark Airport is host to Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines, which has flights from Doha, Qatar and Dubai from the United Arab Emirates respectively.

"We are strictly monitoring the passengers especially those coming from the Middle East. So far we have not detected any passengers suspected of having the disease," Luciano said.

The DOH has designated Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in the City of San Fernando as treatment center of persons with MERS-CoV as the Central Luzon police office confirmed at least 13 carriers in Pampanga, two in Aurora, five in Bataan, 16 in Bulacan, eight in Nueva Ecija, three in Tarlac and two in Zambales who were reportedly part of the 414 passengers the Eithad Flight EY 0424 from Abu Dhabi.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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