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Man in Philippines quarantined after testing positive for Mers virus

Published on Apr 16, 2014 8:19 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine health authorities said on Wednesday that they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus.

The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the virus.

"He can infect people so that is why he is quarantined or in isolation," Mr Ona said in a television interview. He said the man, whom he did not name, was reportedly a hospital worker in the United Arab Emirates and may have had contact with someone in that country who died of the Mers virus.

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