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Suspected MERS case turns out negative; Patient only has pneumonia

DEPARTMENT of Health sealThe Department of Health reported last night that the suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome  in a hospital in Laguna turned out negative.

“The patient tested negative for MERS-CoV,” said Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo in a text message.

Domingo said that the patient is “being treated for pneumonia.”

As a precautionary measure, the emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, where the suspected MERS-CoV patient was first rushed, was temporarily closed.

The 47-year-old patient, who arrive from Saudi Arabia, was later on brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City for confirmatory test which yielded negative.

This was also confirmed by Glenn Ramos, public information officer of DoH Region 4-A.

“Negative po ang lab result ng ating suspect MERS- CoV patient,” Ramos said also in a text message. (Analou de Vera)