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Filipinos in S. Korea urged to guard against MERS-CoV

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 05:50 AM June 07, 2015


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in South Korea to take the necessary precautions against the dreaded Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) after South Korean nationals had been infected with the disease.

In his Twitter account, POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac posted a list of things that Filipinos in South Korea should do to avoid contracting the disease:


  • Always practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap or alcohol hand rubs.
  • Practice proper cough etiquette. Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with it. Dispose of the tissue in a waste basket.
  • Avoid contact with persons sick or infected with MERS-CoV. If you have a respiratory illness, stay home and wear a surgical mask to protect your family.
  • Visit your doctor, a hospital or health facility immediately if symptoms of MERS-CoV manifest itself, including persistent coughing and other symptoms.

So far, there have been four deaths and 50 cases of MERS-CoV reported in South Korea.

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