Department of Health (DOH) continues to track the passengers of the Etihad
Airways Flight EY0424 that landed in Manila last April 15, after one
passenger tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Palace said on Wednesday.
In a press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations
Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the DOH has contacted 325 of the
flight’s 414 passengers and still trying to contact 43 passengers.
Of the 325 passengers, 252 have undergone nose and throat swabbing, and 221
of them have tested negative for MERS-CoV, he said, adding that the DOH is
still awaiting the swab results of the other 31 passengers.
Despite these highly encouraging results, Coloma asked for greater public
vigilance, advising the people to heed preventive measures and quarantine
procedures issued by health authorities.
“Travelers returning from the Middle East are advised to fill out the
quarantine forms providing detailed contact information to facilitate
subsequent tracing if needed,” Coloma said.
Health authorities said those who become ill within two weeks upon arrival
are strongly advised to seek immediate medical attention from all public
hospitals or any DOH-accredited medical facilities. They are also asked to
delay visits to crowded places.
Last April 16, the DOH confirmed that an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who
arrived in Manila on April 15 had MERS-CoV. (full