A PATIENT suspected to be infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-Cov) is being monitored at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City.
Dr. Peter Quiaiot, NMMC officer in charge, said the patient, whose personal information was kept confidential, arrived in the hospital on Wednesday.
The patient was reportedly admitted to a private hospital on Tuesday afternoon, February 2 and transferred to NMMC the following morning.
Quiaoit said before the patient arrived, the hospital already secured the area from the entry of the patient to the patient’s isolated location.
“We are still confirming if it’s a Mers-Cov case or not,” Quiaoit said.
Quiaoit said the patient is showing symptoms of the disease but is yet to be confirmed.
Samples and laboratory test have been taken and submitted already to the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao, and results would likely come out within three days.
“The patient has the symptoms but of course it could be just a flu or something pero (but) we need confirmatory test to verify”, Quiaoit said.
Quaioit said the patient lives in the outskirt of Cagayan de Oro and has history on traveling abroad and reportedly working as an overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
But Quiaoit could not disclose which country the patient came from.
“Sa history naa siyay travel abroad mura siyag OFW (He has travel abroad, he seems like to be an OFW) and the employer base in history has similar symptoms but we are not sure and we don’t have information whether the employer has the disease,” Quiaoit added.
Should the results confirm the patient to be carrying the disease, the hospital assures it is ready to treat the patient.
Quiaoit said NMMC is one of the designated hospitals that can admit and manage Mers-Cov cases with the help of DOH.
“We treat the symptoms which we are doing now. We all know that Mers-Cov is transmitted airborne and the hospital is taking measure already to limit the effect,” Quiaoit said
According to the health agency, Mers-Cov is “a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus.
The earliest victim of the virus was reported in April 2012 in Saudi Arabia. It is not same virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003.
Recent studies have shown that the virus was detected in camels and one infected camel case had been linked to a human case. However, the route of infection has still remained unknown.
This communicable disease has been shown to be transmitted between people who are in close contact and there are no specific treatments for illness caused by Mers-Cov.