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UPDATED ADVISORY ON MERS-CoV
Source: Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
What you should know about MERS-CoV
- What is MERS-CoV? - It stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
- Can MERS-CoV spread from person to person? ? YES. MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people thru close contact and has occurred in several clusters among household contacts and within healthcare facilities.
- What are the symptoms of MERS-CoV? - Most people who got infected developed acute respiratory illness with symptoms from within 2 weeks from exposure from an infected person. These symptoms are the following:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty of breathing
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea
- How can I protect myself against the virus?
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, sharing cups or eating utensils with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect with alcohol or bleach solution frequently touched surfaces such as toys and door knobs.
- What is the treatment? - There is no specific treatment. Treatment is mainly supportive care. All persons under investigation should be admitted to avoid further transmission (DOH).
- Who are at risk of getting infected or exposed to the virus?
- Persons in close contact with a confirmed case of MERS-CoV
- Persons residing in or have traveled or worked in countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen AND South Korea
- Healthcare workers in hospitals with confirmed MERS-CoV cases
- Can I still travel to the Middle East or neighboring countries where MERS-CoV cases have occurred?
- YES. Currently there are no travel restrictions to MERS-CoV-identified countries but you are advised to follow standard precautions such as hand washing and avoiding contact with people who are ill or make unnecessary visits to healthcare institutions.
- What should I do if I suspect I have MERS-CoV?
- Isolate yourself
- Cover your mouth when you cough or use a mask
- Do not take public transportations
- Inform immediately your private physician (or ask your physician regarding nearest MERS-CoV DOH referral center in your area).
- You may also call your local health authorities or the Department of Health and wait for further instructions on what to do.
- Keep yourself informed and updated
- Health advisories may change over time as new developments unfold.
- Visit DOH website, www.doh.gov.ph, to keep yourself updated on the latest advisories regarding MERS-CoV.
Call for advice
- DOH Manila - (02) 711-1001 or (02) 711-1002
- DOH Davao ? (082) 305-1909
- Research Institute for Tropical Medicine - (02) 994-1887 or (02) 807-2628 to 32 loc 239 or (02) 807-9603
- San Lazaro Hospital, Adult Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine - (02) 732-3776 or 732-3777 loc 189; (0917) 813-0580; (0906) 445-7896
- Makati Medical Center - ER - (02) 888-8910
- Southern Philippine Medical Center, Davao City - (082) 227-2731 loc 4107
- Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City - (032) 514-6537
- PSMID - (02) 911-6986 or 912-6036
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