MERS COV Virus alert set for Negros but Health and Foreign Affairs Department say 'don't panic'

While a MERS COV Virus alert has been raised considering five overseas workers have been quarantined for possible infection, the Philippine's health and foreign affairs department urged the public not to panic.

MERS COV Virus

The MERS COV Virus or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus has been treated as a notorious viral disease, believed to have originated from the Middle East.

Just recently, a news report broke the buzz about a Filipina overseas worker from Maguindanao (Southern Philippines) who allegedly died due to MERS COV Virus.

Accordingly, the Department of Health (DOH) along with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), advised the migrant workers and the public as well, not to panic.

The government agencies urged Filipinos to observe the following proper health precautions, specially when dealing with people known to have been infected by MERS COV.
Avoid any contacts with people infected with MERS-Cov.
If you had close contacts with a confirmed MERS-Cov patient, comply with local health regulations and postpone any foreign trip until after test results prove to be negative.
Visit a health facility immediately after symptoms of the virus, including fever, sneezing, coughing and other indications of flu, manifest themselves.
Always practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap or rub them with alcohol before and after eating and handling or cooking food.
Avoid contacts with camels and other farm animals.
If you are a health worker, strictly follow infection control protocols in your place of work.
The Philippine government in now observing necessary quarantine procedures for people who might have been infected by the said virus. (Sources: 1,2)

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