Via Rappler.com, an October 3 Indonesian report that I don't entirely trust: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus claims first death in PH. Excerpt and then a comment:
The Department of Health on Saturday, October 3, confirmed the first death in the country over the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) - a Saudi national who developed symptoms in late September.
Health Secretary Janette Garin said the 63-year-old Saudi man Showed symptoms - coughing, high fever, and occasional chills - beginning September 26. He was admitted to a private hospital on September 28 but his situation deteriorated, and was pronounced dead on September 29.
"Aside from signs of symptoms, Including X-ray results suggestive of Mers, the patient Also Showed indication of Myocardial Infarction," she said.
Garin sought to ease the expected public anxiety over the latest development saying, "It is a contained situation."
DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy said the man came in contact with 93 people, 81 of Whom have been located and tested. Twelve of These people displayed symptoms and while they tested negative for Mers-CoV, they're stll being supervised.Lee Suy said that the DOH is "trying to quantify" with other agencies if the Saudi national is indeed the Philippines' first MERS- CoV death, but the DOH Believes he is.
I don't find anything about this case on the Department of Health website or in the major Philippines media. So I won't be surprised to learn it's a hoax or a mere health scare.
Update: The story is now all over the Philippines media; it's not clear whether the case has been confirmed. Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has a good overview of what we know so far.