DOH monitors, allays fears over suspected MERS-Cov in Laguna

admin   •   February 21, 2019   •   2542

Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus |Credit: NIAID

The Department of Health (DOH) has allayed public fears following a report on a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Laguna.

A male patient suspected to have MERS-CoV infection was brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa on Wednesday morning.

A source told UNTV News and Rescue that the patient is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who arrived in the Philippines on February 14 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He was first rushed to the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Lauguna on February 19 after complaining of cough and high fever. He was immediately transferred to the RITM for further analysis and observation.

MERS, also known as camel flu, is a viral respiratory infection caused by a novel CoronaVirus (CoV). Its symptoms may range from mild to severe fever, cough, chills, vomiting or diarrhea and shortness of breath. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

DOH said the situation is under control and that the patient has been placed on isolation and is being monitored closely.

DOH Media Relations Officer 3 Glen Ramos also told reporters that the case is yet to be confirmed as MERS-CoV, although the patient has manifested its symptoms.

“One cannot just say it is suspected MERS. Usual manifestations [of the disease] include meningo, high fever. The patient came from the Middle East that is why they say it’s MERS. But the RESU has not reported to us that it is suspected MERS,” Ramos explained.

The emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital, where the patient was first rushed, has been closed temporarily for decontamination.

Medical personnel who had interaction with the patient were also required to stay in the hospital for now to undergo observation.

Ramos, however, clarified that the virus is not easily transmitted.

“There must be close contact for transmission, such as sex with an individual with MERS, also through body fluid,” Ramos explained.

The patient is currently undergoing medical examinations at the RITM and laboratory results may be out within two or three days.

Meanwhile, the RITM-DOH urged the public to refrain from disseminating unverified information about the said case where it can easily be taken out of context and add to the growing public concern.

In a statement posted on its twitter account, the agency also advised the public to wait for official announcements from the DOH.

“The patient suspected for MERS-CoV is still under investigation and testing. Results will be confirmed once the laboratory tests and procedures are finished. We encourage the public to wait for the official announcement from the Department of Health,” the statement read. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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MGen. Magaway released from hospital months after helicopter crash

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Former PNP Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway finally returned home after months of being confined at the Asian Hospital since he figured in a helicopter crash in March. 

This was confirmed by Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan who was there when Magaway was discharged on Thursday (May 21).

Cascolan said Magaway is in good shape and his memory remains sharp though he needs to go through physical therapy to improve his mobility.

“Two weeks to one month therapy kayang-kaya na niya yun,” he said. 

“Inaalalayan lang siya syempre kasi ikaw ba naman na more than two months [sa ospital] tapos masakit likod mo, may mga bali pa sa buto pero ok siya, ” he added.

General Magaway was among the eight passengers of the ill-fated Bell 429 that crashed at the PNP impounding area in San Pedro, Laguna minutes after taking off. 

Other passengers in the flight were PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa and his aide, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, two pilots and former Directorate for Comptrollership PMGen. Jovic Ramos who is still recovering in a hospital. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

Bagyong Ambo papalapit na sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon-Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Umuusad na ang Bagyong Ambo patungo sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon at Laguna habang patuloy na nagpapaulan sa hilagang bahagi naman ng Bondoc Peninsula  sa Southern Quezon.

Ayon sa weather bulletin ng PAGASA kaninang ika-11:00 ng umaga, Biernes (May 15), namataan ang mata ng Bagyong Ambo sa lugar ng Catanauan, Quezon, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 125 km/h malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 165 km/h.

Patuloy itong kumikilos patungong hilaga-kanlurang direksyon sa bilis na 20 km/h

Dahil dito, nakararanas ng katamtaman hanggang malakas na pag-ulan sa mga lugar ng Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, maging sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, at Quirino.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na mag-ingat at maghanda, makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga kaukulang paalala at patuloy na i-monitor ang pagkilos ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng mga advisory ng PAGASA. 

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #3:

  • Quezon kasama ang Polillo Island
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Timugang bahagi ng Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Licab, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera, Rizal,Bongabon, General Mamerto Natividad, Aliaga, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan, Palayan, Laur, Gabaldon, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, General Tinio)
  • Silangang bahagi ng Bulacan (San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Labo)
  • Dulong kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona)
  • Marinduque

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Aurora
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Norte
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Nueva Ecija
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Bulacan
  • Burias Island
  • Silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Urdaneta, Villasis, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Sison, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, San Carlos, Mangatarem)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Naga, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Pili)

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1:

  • Cagayan kasama ang Babuyan Islands
  • Isabela
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur,
  • Hilagang bahagi ng mainland Masbate (Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud, Milagros, Baleno, Masbate City, Mobo)
  •  Ticao Island

18-day old baby contacts COVID-19 in Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2020

Courtesy : Rawpixel.com

LAGUNA Province, Philippines — The Provincial Health Office reported a total of 328 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Thursday (May 7).

Among the recent cases reported is an 18-day-old baby boy from the municipality of Bae.

The infant was delivered at an infirmary in the city of Los Baños on April 18.

He was swabbed for COVID-19 testing on April 24 after he manifested fever upon their return home.

The baby and his parents are now under home quarantine while health authorities are tracing individuals who had close contact with the young patient. MNP (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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