Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Two Filipino nurses in Saudi recover from MERS –DFA

Two Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the deadly Middle East Coronavirus (MERS-COV), but two more remains in serious condition, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

A recent embassy report to the Home Office in Manila said two nurses – one male and one female – have already been discharged from the hospital, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose told a press briefing.

The two remaining nurses, both female, are still in the ICU, but have shown signs of “improvement,” said Jose.

“They can already communicate,” he said. “The embassy is monitoring their situation and making sure they are getting proper treatment and they are in close coordination with their employers.”

Since 2013, a total of 10 Filipinos, eight from Saudi Arabia and two from the United Arab Emirates, have died from contracting the virus, which is prevalent in the Middle East.

Symptoms of MERS-COV include fever, cough, shortness of breath and even diarrhea.

Manila is not imposing a travel ban to the Middle East, specifically for Saudi Arabia, but has called on Filipino workers in the region to practice health precautions for their own protection. —KBK, GMA News

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