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Philippines investigates suspected case of pneumonia virus in Cebu City from a Chinese tourist

Medical staff transfer patients to Jinyintan hospital where patients infected with a new strain of coronavirus are treated.

The Department of Health (DoH) is currently investigating a pnuemono case of a 5-year-old child tourist from Wuhan City in China, who is currently admitted in a hospital in Cebu City, after testing positive for a non-specific pancorona virus.

The child was admitted to a Cebu City hospital due to high fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entrance to the country.

Duque also said the child tested negative of the previous known strains of coronavirus – MERS-COv (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and SARS-COv (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus).

DOH press release states that the case was immediately reported to the Regional Epidemiology & Surveillance Unit of Central Visayas Center for Health Development and the child was endorsed for admission.

The samples tested positive for the non-specific pancoronavirus assay, thus the specimen has been sent to Australia to identify the specific coronavirus strain.

The Bureau of Quarantine is working with airlines and airport authorities to strengthen  border surveillance, while the Epidemiology Bureau is heightening its community surveillance

DOH advises the public to practice frequent handwashing, avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, practice proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, avoid close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms, and ensure that food is well-cooked.


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