Monday, August 24, 2015

DFA: Two Pinay nurses in Riyadh hospital’s ICU due to MERS-CoV

Two Filipino nurses have been confined at the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Saudi Arabia after contracting the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose told GMA News Online that the Philippine Embassy received an assurance from the hospital in Riyadh that the two nurses were receiving the "best medical treatment possible."

"[The] hospital is well-equipped with comprehensive treatment and facilities for MERS cases," Jose said in a text message.

Earlier in August, the DFA confirmed that five Filipino paramedics who were reported to have contracted MERS-CoV were "doing well and recovering" while in isolation.

A study published on Wednesday claimed that a DNA vaccine for MERS-CoV is in the works and may be ready for human trials by the end of 2015. -NB, GMA News 

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