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DOH-8 debunks rumors of Coronavirus presence in EV

TACLOBAN CITY – With the issues circulating on social media, the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas has confirmed that there is no positive case of novel coronavirus in the region.

DOH-8 RD Minerva Molon informed the public that there is a 36-year old male considered as a person under investigation (PUI) because of his recent travel history from Wuhan, China.

Said PUI showed flu-like symptoms upon arrival in the city last January 17, she added.

“The DOH-EV is now closely monitoring the situation,” the official said in a statement.

She urged the public to be more vigilant and do extra precautionary measures to avoid 2019 n-COV.

She also told the public to practice frequent handwashing, avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, practice proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of the elbow, avoid close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms, ensure that food is well-cooked and boost their immune system by eating healthy food, especially fruits, and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C and have enough rest so that their body will not be immuno-compromised.

The official also pointed out that there is no need for the public to panic since the virus cannot cause direct death and is not highly communicable like MERS-CoV and SARS.

She likewise emphasized that they are following protocol and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in disclosing such cases and protecting the privacy of the patient.

To date, there is no confirmed cases in the country yet, while other PUIs in other areas have already been isolated and were taken a sample for confirmation.

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that ranges from a common cold or less severe illness to more severe illnesses such as MERS-Cov and SARs. 

It circulates in animals and some have the capability of transmitting between animals and humans. 

The latest new strain coronavirus found in Wuhan, China was named as a new/novel virus or, simply, the 2019-nCoV.

Initially, the said disease was thought to be transmitted through animal contact but recent reports show human-to-human transmission already. The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, colds, and difficulty in breathing. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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