Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) updates

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26 May 2014 – According to the World Health Organization, MERS-CoV now has 664 reported cases and 200 deaths: Saudi Arabia (556), United Arab Emirates (65), Jordan (11), Qatar (8), Kuwait (3), The Netherlands (2), France (2), United Kingdom (3), Greece (1), Yemen (1), Italy (1), Malaysia (1), Oman (2), Tunisia (3), Egypt (1), Lebanon (1), united States (2), Germany (1)

MERS-CoV mortality rate is around 30% and there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment available.

WHO says, the conditions have not yet been met for a MERS-CoV public health emergency of international concern. There is no travel ban advisory yet.

22 May 2014 – Two more Pinoys died due to MERS-CoV.

The Department of Foreign Affairs today confirmed that two more Filipinos in Jeddah have died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona virus (MERS-CoV).

“Based on information obtained from official sources by Consulate General representatives, one of the Filipinos died last May 18 while the other Filipino died last May 12,” DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said.

As of today, there are already five (5) Pinoys to perish because of the dreadful disease.


17 May 2014 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the third case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) virus was found in the United States.

An Illinois man who had close contact with the first confirmed case of MERS in the U.S., an Indiana MERS patient, now tests positive for the virus, according a CDC release.


14 May 2014 – the WHO reported the first laboratory confirmed case of MERS-CoV infection in the Netherlands. The patient is a 70 year-old male citizen of the Netherlands, with travel history to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


12 May 2014CDC and Florida Department of Health officials are investigating the second case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States. The second patient, who is now in quarantine, is a health-care worker who had traveled to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia.


9 May 2014 – Six overseas Filipino workers initially diagnosed to have MERS-CoV have been released from a hospital after they were declared negative of the virus said Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

Names of OFWs were not revealed for privacy purposes.

The labor and employment chief said the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are working closely with the Philippine Embassy and with the Filipino communities in the Emirates in raising awareness on the MERS-CoV and are helping disseminate information on precautionary measures to be taken against the virus.


7 May 2014 – According to the World Health Organization, from September 2012 to date, a total of 496 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV is reported globally. This includes 229 cases reported between 11 April and 4 May from Saudi Arabia, 3 cases from Jordan, and one case each from Egypt, the United States, and Yemen.


6 May 2014 – A pinay nurse from Negros Occidental died after being infected with MERS-CoV. This pinay nurse was quarantined at the Fahd Medical City in Saudi Arabia after being tested positive with the virus.

According to his husband, his wife is working as emergency room (ER) nurse on the same hospital before she found positive with the virus. He said that before his wife gets ill, she was taking care a fellow ER Filipina nurse from Manila who eventually passed-away due to MERS-CoV.

According to the report of GMA news, this pinay nurse is the third Filipino to perish from the disease. Two other Filipinos were reportedly died in Saudi Arabia after being infected with MERS-CoV — the female nurse last year and a male paramedic in April this year.


5 May 2014 — 21 days after a male Filipino nurse checked as MERS-CoV positive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived to the Philippines through Etihad Airlines Flight EY 0424 — but eventually cleared as MERS-CoV negative by the Department of Health (DOH) — including the 401 passengers on-board checked, DOH declared that the country remains MERS-CoV Free.

According to MERS-CoV task force spokesperson, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the 14-day “critical phase” of MERS-CoV incubation was ended on April 28 but no cases were reported.


4 May 2014 – A pinay nurse from Negros Occidental working in Saudi Arabia is suspected for MERS-CoV. She was quarantined in the intensive care unit of the King Fahd Medical City in Saudi Arabia, where she worked as emergency room (ER) nurse.


2 May 2014 – The first case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States is confirmed and reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 2, 2014.


15 April 2014 –Travelers on the Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 from Saudi Arabia were tracked down by Philippine authorities after a certain passenger tested positive for MERS-CoV in the United Arab Emirates. Subsequent testing, however, revealed that this passenger did not have the illness or had recovered from it. Nevertheless, the Department of Health believed that this passenger may still be a carrier of the virus — prompting authorities to contact everyone has been in contact with, including those on the Etihad flight.


September 2012 — a virus resembling Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was discovered and alarms the world for possible new disease outbreak.

It was initially named as novel coronavirus (nCoV), but is now officially known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV). The first person discovered with MERS-CoV was a 60-year-old man, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he was diagnosed with severe viral pneumonia and renal failure. The case was investigated by an Egyptian virologist, Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki, who reported a new strain of coronavirus.

The discovery of Mers-CoV became a public health concern not only because of its SARS-like threats but because of its unknown origin and extent of danger to humans.


You can also visit coronamap to get the up-to-date summary and visuals/location of MERS-COV fatality in the world.


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5 thoughts on “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) updates

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  2. mon

    I am discouraged kasi kahapon lang lumabas yung balita na may namatay na naman palang mga PINOY dahil sa MERS-COV, at ang masaklap pa they were dead since last 12th and 18th of May pero kahapon (22 May 2014) lang lumabas sa balita.

    Sa lahat po ng mga kababayan sa Middle EAST, pwede po kayo mag-add ng
    comment dito regarding your status (pagdating sa siguridad sa MERS-CoV), your ideas, observations, etc.

    Lets help inform everybody especially our Kababayan sa Middle EAST. MAraming salamat po

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