Via the Saudi Gazette, a report posted at 11:11 p.m. May 10: Filipinos flying home urged to go for MERS screening. Excerpt:
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has urged Filipinos traveling to home country to undergo voluntary screening for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus before departing Saudi Arabia.
In a statement issued on Saturday, it said travelers should obtain a certificate from a medical facility that they are free from infection so that possible delays are prevented upon their arrival in the Philippines.
All international airports in the Philippines are currently enforcing strict screening procedures for MERS-CoV and other infectious diseases, the statement said.
The embassy also advised Filipino healthcare workers to strictly follow infection control protocols in their respective workplaces to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Those who have been exposed to MERS-CoV patients should undergo voluntary MERS-CoV screening through their employers, especially if they intend to travel abroad,” the statement added.
The report goes on to summarize the Friday MERS numbers, which is an odd trait of the Saudi English-language media: In this case, the Saturday numbers were out long before this report was published, yet the story doesn't run them.