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2 more OFWs in Saudi die of MERS-CoV—DFA

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 06:56 PM May 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Two more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) died of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Jeddah, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

“The DFA confirms based on the report of our Consulate General in Jeddah, that two more Filipinos died of MERS-CoV,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message to INQUIRER.net.

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Jose said one of the two Filipinos died on May 12 while the other died on May 18.

“Our Consulate general in Jeddah is ready to render the necessary assistance to the next-of-kin of the deceased Filipinos. Our Consulate General has already notified the families of the Filipino fatalities and is facilitating the end of service benefits as well as the shipment of remains,” he said.

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According to him, the DFA would continue to monitor the incidence of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia and to obtain verifiable information on Filipino cases.

“We reiterate our call to our kababayans in the Middle east to follow the advice of health authorities in the Philippines and in their host countries on MERS-CoV and to take precautionary measures,” he added.

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