Via Sun.Star.com.ph: First Filipino Mers-Cov OFW victim ready for discharge. Excerpt:
The first Filipino diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Corona Virus (Mers-Cov), an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), is now ready to be discharged from quarantine, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
“The two tests done to the index passenger yielded negative results, hence, the passenger is now ready for discharge,” said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH Emerging Infectious Diseases Program Manager.
Lee Suy said the re-test was done to make sure that the OFW is already cleared of the virus.
The OFW's family members were also discharged after testing negative for the virus.
On April 15, the Philippines became the first Southeast Asian country and the 12th in the world with a Mers-Cov case in the person of the OFW who came home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Holy Week.
“This OFW, a health worker, had personal contact with a confirmed Mers-CoV patient and came home for the Holy Week,” said Health Secretary Enrique Ona in a press conference.
Meanwhile, the DOH said it can now focus on the contact tracing efforts on the co-passengers of the OFW at Etihad Airlines Flight EY0424.
Lee Suy said they are determined to find, test, and if necessary, quarantine all 415 passengers even if this would mean “forcing” them to come with health authorities.