MANILA, Philippines - The United Arab Emirates will soon order the deportation of expatriates found positive for hepatitis C, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Thursday.
In an advisory posted on its website, POEA said effective July 1, 2008, UAE will consider Hepatitis C as a "deportable" disease in addition to the present list that includes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis and hepatitis B.
“The new test applies to all expatriates applying for residency and labor visas, including renewal. Anyone who tests positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) will be deported," POEA said.
Hepatitis C, the most common chronic blood-borne infection, is transmitted primarily through blood or blood products. It is also the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.
Based on the POEA data, there are more than 81,000 Filipinos working in the UAE in 2005. - Amita Legaspi, GMANews.TV