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Baguio on alert for MERS-CoV

June 12, 2015 Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — Baguio health officials are issuing warnings for travelers who frequent South Korea, the country with 122 confirmed cases of the dreaded Middle

 

File photo of hospital workers wearing masks at a quarantine tent for people who could be infected with the MERS virus at Seoul National University Hospital.

Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — Baguio health officials are issuing warnings for travelers who frequent South Korea, the country with 122 confirmed cases of the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

In preparation for the opening of classes, Mayor Mauricio Domogan tasked the Baguio City Health Committee to convene a meeting with hospital officials and representatives of the South Korean community in the city.

Baguio has become a popular destination for many South Korean nationals who wish to study.

An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Koreans nationals are currently residing or visiting the city.

The Mayor expresses his fear for the symptoms of the MERS virus, which only become distinguishable after a period of time.

Health preps

DOH-Cordillera regional director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said their agency has long been prepared for MERS-Cov. They are also on alert for other diseases such as avian flu, ebola, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS, meningococcemia, and other emerging infections.

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Mt. Province, and Far North General Hospital in Apayao were identified as key hospitals should a case be confirmed in Baguio City. There are also plans for patients to be transferred to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa for further treatment.

The DOH has allotted more than P1 million for supplies such as gloves, face masks, sanitizers, and on-standby ambulances for the initial treatment and transport of patients.

Last year, health workers also received training during the height of the ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The DOH added that they are conducting surveillance procedures in airports to prevent the possible  spread of the disease. Within the city, public transport terminals like bus stations and tourist destinations are also on alert.

Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2015/06/11/Baguio-on-alert-for-MERS-CoV.html

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