DOH: 3 South Koreans in PH found negative for MERS-CoV

MANILA, Philippines- The three Koreans that were sent to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) were found negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday, June 30.

The three Koreans, who showed possible symptoms of the virus, were first brought to the Manila Doctors Hospital Monday morning before they were transferred to RITM later in the day.

One man and two women were vomiting and had fever, hospital medical director Dr. Maria Juco said.

The three arrived in the Philippines last June 22.

The three were admitted to hospital the same day South Korea announced no new MERS cases or deaths for the first time in nine days, according to Rappler.

MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is a fatal, influenza-like illness characterized by fever and cough, often with diarrhea.

The Philippines remains MERS virus-free since February, when a Filipina nurse from Saudi Arabia arrived in the country and was found positive for MERS.

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