2 of 5 people located in MERS-CoV contact tracing in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:54

Health officials have already located two of the five residents of this city who arrived in the country together with a Filipina nurse tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, City Health Officer, said Friday those who were located through the conduct of contact tracing were all males aged one and 28.

Agbulos withheld their identities as well as their home address except in saying “they are relatives.”

Agbulos said swab samples were taken from them and sent to the Department of Health’s (DOH) Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila for laboratory analysis.

Dr. Nimfa Torrizo, DOH regional director, said the result of the laboratory analysis is expected to be released within 48 hours.

Torrizo said they will be admitted at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) for treatment once anyone among the five will be found positive for MERS-CoV.

Agbulos said the other three individuals are still to be located. They consist of females aged 25, 32 and 41.

Agbulos said they have already coordinated with the DOH to track the whereabouts of one of the three who reportedly went to Jolo, Sulu.

Agbulos said the other two cannot be located in their respective homes since their family have relocated at the height of the 21-day September 2013 siege in this city.

The Filipina nurse found positive of MERS-CoV arrived in the country last Feb. 1 from Saudi Arabia aboard Saudi Flight 860.