Philippines requests airline passengers get MERS checkup

April 18, 2014
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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday (April 17th) asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronovirus (MERS-CoV) to check in with the health department immediately, AFP reported.

Passengers on the Etihad Airways flight Tuesday were told to call health department emergency numbers listed in the media while the department tries to track them down, said Lyndon Lee Suy, the spokesman for the department's emergency service. The infected man has been quarantined along with his family.

"We want to make sure that none of them would have gotten the virus. We don't want to miss a single case," he said.

The 418 passengers will be asked if they have fever- or flu-like symptoms that might be signs of MERS-CoV.

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