Posted April 24, 2014
Written by Jay-ar Arante
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) Aklan clarified that there are no cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the province.
This followed after reports that an Aklanon OFW was aboard the same plane as the Pinoy Nurse believed to be infected with the mentioned disease.
With this, the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 immediately issued a statement that the said Aklanon is negative from MERS-CoV after a test was conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
However, according to the PHO, to ensure safety, the subject underwent another quarantine and examination where the family was also submitted to a swab test.
The overseas worker is a resident of Kalibo, Aklan and has boarded Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and landed at the Ninoy International Airport last April 15.
Translated by Shelah Casiano