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Health News: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus


What is MERS CoV?

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a viral respiratory illness. It is caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). However, MERS-CoV is not SARS.

It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.


  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Cough
  • Other possible symptoms include diarrhea and kidney failure
The Philippines is MERS-CoV free as of this time, according to Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the Department of Health’s (DOH) program manager for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases(Abs-cbn news, April 29, 2014)







  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper when you cough or sneeze. Dispose used tissue paper immediately and properly.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially the eye area, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door knobs, handles)
  • Make sure children follow these precautions

Disclaimer: Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

Reference: Health Advisory on Mers-CoV

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