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Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014

MERS coronavirus makes first appearance in Asia: Malaysia, Philippines report MERS-CoV cases

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been confirmed for the first time in Asia as the Malaysian Ministry of Health reports a confirmed death in a man from Batu Pahat, Johor.

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

According to a Malaysia Ministry of Health press release today (computer translated), “the investigation found he had returned to Malaysia from performing umrah and arrival on 29 March 2014. On 8-9 April 2014, he experiences symptoms fever, cough and difficulty breathing. On 10 April 2014, he was admitted to Sultanah Nora Ismail (HSNI), for the inspection and further treatment. Circumstances he became increasingly ill and confirmed died the world on 13 April 2014, at 9: 57 am. As a result the investigation found the cause of death is Severe Pneumonia Secondary to MERS-CoV.”

The investigation is ongoing. Health officials are requesting people traveling on Turkish Airlines (TK93 and TK60) for travel from Jeddah-Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur on 29 March 2014 are kindly requested to contact the following numbers for assist the Ministry of Health surveillance.

Elsewhere in Asia, the Philippines Department of Health is reporting that an overseas worker, a nurse and his family have been quarantined upon arrival in Manila, making him the first confirmed case in the Philippines. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

Philippines Health Secretary, Enrique Ona issued the following statement about one hour ago, which is posted on the DOH Facebook page:

An OFW who had contact with the OFW who died of MERS-CoV in United Arab Emirates arrived in the country yesterday. He tested positive on the nose swab examination in UAE but completely no symptoms. The Embassy of the Philippines in UAE informed DOH and DFA immediately of the results. Upon arrival in the airport, DOH and Bureau of Quarantine put him in isolation with his family and everyone who has had contact with him within the past 24 hours. We also re-tested him and the result will come out in Friday. We are also performing an intensive contact tracing and public information. Our 2 specialists to UAE are set to leave anytime soon. Sec Ona.
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