New MERS Case in Philippines

New MERS Case in PhilippinesNew MERS Case in Philippines

The Philippines authorities have confirmed the country’s second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a foreigner who arrived from Dubai.

Health officials said the 36-year-old man tested positive last Saturday and has been quarantined near Manila, BBC News Website reported.

In February, a Filipino nurse who returned home after working in the Middle East was found with the virus, but later recovered.

MERS which has no known cure has killed nearly 500 people worldwide.

Asian countries have been on alert for cases of the flu-like virus since an outbreak in May in South Korea, where 33 people have now died.

South Korea had 186 confirmed cases, with 907 people under quarantine as of Monday, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

China, Malaysia and Thailand also have confirmed MERS cases, although they are relatively isolated. Last week, Thailand said a man who was its only case of the syndrome had made full recovery.