MERSCOV monitoring: Swab results on four plane passengers out on Feb. 19 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:59

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said results of the swab tests on four individuals from Zamboanga City who were on the same February 1 flight from Saudi Arabia to Manila with a Filipino nurse who was tested positive for Mers-CoV, will be out on Thursday, February 19.

Agbulos said originally there were 5 passengers from Zamboanga City who were on the same Saudia flight 860 with the 32-year old Filipina nurse confirmed positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MersCov). However, only four have been tracked by personnel from the Department of Health and CHO, as the other immediately went to Sulu the same day.

The Sulu passenger however is already being traced for naso-pharyngeal swabs, he said.

The four passengers tracked in the city were collected with naso-pharyngeal swabs and that results are expected to be released February 19.

“All four passengers remain assymptomatic,” Agbulos said, meaning they did not manifest any symptoms of MERSCOV.

People become with MersCov within 14 days after being exposed to it. People with MersCov get fever, cough and have trouble breathing. Some may also have vomiting or diarrhea and the main risk for infection is recent travel on or near the Arabian Peninsula.

Meanwhile, the nurse confirmed positive of the virus is continuously being monitored as she was also found to be one-month pregnant during the testing at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in  Muntinlupa City. — Sheila Covarrubias