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Always be on watch for Ebola, Mers-Cov

CEBU – The Department of Health has again reminded the public to be on guard of the deadly viruses of Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or Mers-Cov.

In a recent meeting of the Cebu Association of City and Municipal Public Information Officers, DOH regional chief epidemiologist Dr. Rennan Cimafranca, said the suppression of these emerging infectious diseases should be given importance by every municipality and city in Cebu.

“These infectious diseases are among the health-threatening challenges the world is facing today” Cimafranca said.

He said Cimafranca reported so far World Health Organization has not issued a specific treatment for Mers-CoV and Ebola.

Although there were no reports of Ebola or Mers-Cov outbreak in the Philippines, Cimafranca said it is still better to aware of the diseases. “We are thankful that so far there is no case of Ebola and Mers-Cov in the Philippines,” he said.

He said at the local level, the DOH has strengthened the surveillance and monitoring of passengers in all seaports and airports to ensure there are no carriers of the diseases coming into the country. He said there are ambulances dedicated to deliver any suspected cases in their respective quarantine facilities.

Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and Bureau of Quarantine are providing medical support in case there are reports of contamination or diseases in Cebu.

Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by a virus and its signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. Most people infected with Mers-CoV develop severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. (Ferliza C. Contratista. With a report from Caren P. Gabisay)

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