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  • Philippines- DOH advice: Take note of the MERS-CoVís 14-day incubation period

    Source: http://ptvnews.ph/bottom-news-life2/...ubation-period

    DOH advice: Take note of the MERS-CoVís 14-day incubation period
    Created on Friday, 25 April 2014

    A suspected carrier of the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can finally take a breather if signs and symptoms do not show after 14 days of supposed exposure with the virus.

    In an interview with Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, Department of Health (DOH) Program Manager on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Spokesperson for MERS-CoV, said that the virus has a three- to 14-day incubation period.

    Dr. Suy said this means that beyond 14 days without any signs and symptoms of the disease, a suspected carrier is considered already non-infective or did not acquire the disease.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated on its website that patients can shed the virus after resolution of symptoms but also noted that the duration of infectivity is unknown.

    It also states that patients are not contagious during the incubation period and that asymptomatic (without obvious symptoms) cases might not be contagious.

    There has been no clear guidelines on the evaluation of MERS-CoV cases to date, but the WHO has recommended increased efforts to raise awareness, especially those travelling to or from MERS-affected countries...
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