PHL has only one confirmed MERS-CoV case –DOH (Philippines News Agency)

The Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday that there is only one confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory SyndromeCorona Virus (MERSCoV) in the country, as the three other persons earlier considered as “patients under investigation” (PUIs) all tested negative after a round of tests.
“So as of this moment, we only have one case which is closely monitored, our index case the Filipina nurse who tested positive with MERSCoV,” Dr. Lyndon LeeSuy, DOH spokesperson, said in a press briefingupdate on MERSCoV held at Annabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City and spearheaded by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP).
According to Dr. Lee Suy, three other suspected cases that the DOH had been closely monitoring were all declared negative based on the results of the series of confirmatory laboratory tests conducted on them to further check if the symptoms they were exhibiting earlier were connected with MERSCoV.
LeeSuy said that based on the tests, one of the three PUIs had a pneumonia problem.
“We are addressing right now the pneumonia problem of the said patient. But to make it clear, the case is not MERSCoV,” he stressed.
He also said that the index case or the pregnant nurse who arrived from Saudi Arabia last Feb. 1 and tested positive with MERSCoV is currently under stable condition and they are seeing no threat on her pregnancy as well.
“We are closely monitoring her. As of now, she is not showing any signs of stress. We have referred her to an obstetrician (doctor specialist in the management of pregnancy, labor and birth) to monitor as well as take care of her pregnancy,” he added.
Dr. LeeSuy also said that continuous tests will be conducted on the nurse at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) until they arrive at a negative result.
“Our indicator will be once the result of the test yields negative. As of now, based on the sputum test conducted, she is still positive with MERSCoV,” he added.
He cited that the woman will be discharged or allowed to go back to her family once the confirmatory tests yield negative result to ensure both her safety and those of the people who will be around her at home and in the community.