No epidemic or outbreak of Mers virus in Philippines, says official
Published on Apr 19, 2014 11:52 AM
MANILA: There is no epidemic or outbreak of the deadly Mers coronavirus in the Philippines, health officials said on Saturday.
"At the outset, let me point this out: There is still no epidemic or outbreak of the Mers coronavirus in the Middle East or the Arabian Peninsula. There is no epidemic in the Philippines," Health Secretary Renato Ona said at a news conference.
Dr Ona announced that the Filipino nurse from Abu Dhabi who was earlier tagged in the United Arab Emirates as a Mers-coronavirus carrier has tested negative.
"This suggests his body was able to overcome the virus. He was not sick at all. He was just contaminated or he got infected," Dr Lyndon Lee Suy, the health department's programme manager on infectious diseases, told reporters.
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