In another follow-up to the MERS situation in the Philippines, health officials said today they are pound to announce that of the 11 contacts admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), only one remains admitted as a probable case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a Philippines Department of Health (DOH) press release (computer translated). 

Image/Philippines DOH
Image/Philippines DOH

The x-ray results on a health worker in San Pedro, Laguna made this individual a probable case and not to be discharged at this time. The “index” case, the 31-year-old pregnant Filipina nurse who contracted MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia remains admitted at RITM.

Health officials now report that the hospital she was working at in the Saudi Kingdom has a MERS patient recently.

With regards to Saudia Flight 860, health officials have contacted 115 passengers and they will be subjected to MERS-CoV testing. Considering the 14-day incubation period, today will be the last day for contact tracing of the remaining passengers since February 1.

Two of the passengers have been put into isolation and are currently being closely-observed. One is considered a ‘patient under investigation’ and another one is considered a ‘MERS-CoV suspect’.