CAB alerts airlines from Arab Peninsula on MERS-CoV

Posted at 05/22/14 12:39 AM

MANILA – All airlines arriving from the Arabian Peninsula have been directed by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to secure a health checklist amid the heightened alert on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcila issued an advisory saying these airlines should secure a health checklist from the Bureau of Quarantine and disseminate it to the passengers prior to disembarkation.

"This advisory is issued to stress the importance of the Health Checklist in preventing the spread of the MERS-CoV virus in the Philippines," Arcilla said.

He said the checklist will help the Bureau of Quarantine in screening passengers possibly infected by the virus.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Department of Health (DOH) has also boosted efforts by using thermal scanners and issuing alert notices to all arriving international passengers.

Those suspected of having the virus will be transported via an ambulance to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa.

In Saudi Arabia, nearly 500 people have been infected by MERS-CoV.

More than 150 deaths have been reported.