5 tested negative for Mers-Cov-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, April 26, 2014
FIVE of the six passengers of Etihad Airlines flight EY0424 yielded negative for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-Cov), a health official said.
Department of Health’s (DOH) Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit chief Dr. Norvie Jalani said five of the passengers are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), while the other one was a visiting tourist in Zamboanga del Norte.
Jalani said two of the five OFWs are from Zamboanga City, one from Zamboanga del Norte, one from Zamboanga del Sur, and one from Zamboanga Sibugay.
Jalani did not mention as to whose laboratory result is pending, whether it is one of the five OFWs or of the foreigner.
The six OFWs were among the 415 passengers that arrived in the Philippines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last April 15 aboard the Etihad Airlines flight EY0424 from Abu Dhabi.
The Filipino nurse who earlier tested positive of Mers-Cov in the United Arab Emirates was later cleared by the DOH.
Mers-Cov is a disease transmitted through close contact with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath and even diarrhea.
Cases of Mers-Cov have been recorded in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, and Oman.
Jalani advised the public to observe proper hygiene, as it is the number one mode of prevention of the disease.