Friday, 28 September 2012

Sars-like Coronavirus- Pinoy Abroad Alert

Two victim of Sars-like Coronavirus has been reported in Saudi Arabia and in Qatar. Philippine Authorities have then issued an advisory to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to be alerted against a SARS-like Coronavirus. Coronaviruses typically spread like other flu viruses. They are likely to be passed from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Doctors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) quarantine section encouraged OFWs to observe proper personal hygiene to avoid getting the virus which is fatal if symptoms are not immediately treated.

What are coronaviruses?

They were first identified in the 1960s, and were named after the crown-like projections on the surface of the virus. Coronaviruses cause respiratory infections in both humans and animals.

What type is this, and what are the main symptoms?

The new strain has been confirmed so far in only two cases so there is very limited information on its impact, transmission and severity at this point in time. In the reported cases, patients had fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing.

What is the treatment?

The Health Protection Agency says experts do not have enough information on the virus to make specific recommendations for treatment. They can only provide acute respiratory support for those with severe symptoms, and advise for those in hospital.


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