Philippines says prepared against mysterious virus from China

  • Philippines
  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

MANILA:The Philippines' health department on Saturday (Jan 11) assured the public that measures were in place to prevent a mysterious virus that has killed at least one person in China from spreading in the country.

Philippine Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo (pic) said health and quarantine officers in all international airports in the country have been on heightened alert for any visitor arriving with symptoms of the mysterious respiratory disease.

"All the flights are being monitored very, very closely," he said.

"If [health and quarantine officers] monitor a passenger (who may be infected), there is a protocol and they know what to do."

"All systems are in place to keep any infectious disease from spreading in the country," he added.

If there is a need for patients to be isolated, the health department has identified facilities with isolation wards that are ready to be used, Domingo said.

"We have referral centres that have isolation wards that have long been prepared and functional," he added.

"They can be used when needed."

At least one patient has died from the illness, which appears to have been caused by a new type of coronavirus, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, authorities said.

Most of those with the illness are workers at, or visitors to, a particular market in Wuhan which sells fish and wild animals, the WHO said. - dpa/Asian News Network
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