MANILA: The Philippine government confirmed Monday thatÂ a foreign national is now being treated in a state-run hospital for Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.
Health Secretary Janette Garin said the 36-year-old male foreigner from theÂ Middle East was the second case of MERS in the country after the first one wasÂ treated and recovered from sickness in February.
The foreigner was admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine inÂ Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila on Saturday.
Garin, in a televised press conference, described the patient to be onÂ “stable (condition) and very cooperative.”
She said that other people who had close contact with the patient are alsoÂ being monitored. The official assured the public that there is no reason to panic. — BERNAMA