03 Feb Mers-Cov Alert! A Patient From Cagayan de Oro Showing Symptoms of the Viral Respiratory Illness
A patient is currently being monitored at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City suspected to be infected with the airborne transmitted viral respiratory illness Mers-Cov or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. The said patient was admitted on the afternoon of February 2 to a private hospital and then was transferred to NMMC the next morning.
Dr. Peter Quiaiot said that the suspected patient with Mers-Cov showed symptoms of the disease but is yet to be confirmed. Within three days, results are expected to be released based on the samples and laboratory tests that was taken and submitted to the Departmnent of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao.
“We are still confirming if it’s a Mers-Cov case or not,” Quiaoit said.
“The patient has the symptoms but of course it could be just a flu or something pero (but) we need confirmatory test to verify”, Quiaoit said.
Quiaoit said that they are already taking measure to limit the effect of the disease if confirmed a Mers-Cov case since it can be transmitted airborne. Even before the patient arrived, the hospital secured the area from the entry of the patient to the patien’s isolated location as assured by Quiaoit.
The patient was said to living in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro having history on traveling abroad and is an OFW. But Quiaiot couldn’t tell where the patient came from abroad.
NMMC is one of the specific hospitals that can manage Mers-Cov cases with the help of DOH. And should the results confirm that the patient is carrying the disease, the hospital is ready to give treatment to the patient.