Health clearance urged for OFWs tested for MERS-CoV

Posted at 04/25/14 12:00 PM

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is recommending that all Filipinos tested for the MERS-Coronavirus in the Middle East get health clearance before coming home to the Philippines.

"The threat of MERS-Coronavirus doesn't end here. We have thousands of OFWs coming home everyday. We have to be continuously vigilant," said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, program manager of the DOH's Emerging & Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The DOH explained that the recommendation will avoid a similar incident last week when a Filipino nurse found out that he was a MERS-CoV carrier after arriving in the Philippines.

This prompted the health department to trace other passengers who were on the same flight as the Filipino nurse.

Of the 414 passengers, only four have yet to be contacted by the DOH.

The DOH said 275 passengers already tested negative while the rest are still being processed. -- With reports from Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News