The `Hajj lull’ of MERS cases continues today, with no new cases, 4 recoveries, and 1 death reported by the MOH. Over the past 7 days only 5 cases have been announced by the Saudi MOH.
While the MOH declared the Hajj free of epidemic, quarantine and not recorded any cases of the virus Coruna in a press conference yesterday, many governments around the globe are taking nothing for granted, and are stepping up surveillance of travelers returning from the Middle East
This from the Philippines, which has seen two imported cases of MERS this year.
(The Philippine Star) | Updated September 27, 2015
Amid the threats posed by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Health (DOH) assured the public that strict screening procedures are in place at the country’s airports for those returning from hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
DOH spokesman Lyndon Lee Suy yesterday said the pilgrims, just like any other incoming traveler, will have to go through thermal scanners at the airport to determine if they have fever, one of the symptoms of MERS-CoV.
“I hope they will cooperate, especially by filling out the health checklist truthfully and completely,” he said.
The health cards contain a list of questions pertaining to a person’s history of travel to a country reporting infectious diseases like MERS-CoV; visits to health facilities while abroad and symptoms that they are experiencing, if any.