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    A new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus was confirmed in the Philippines.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed in the Philippines, the country’s Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.

    The announcement comes after a 36-year-old foreign national, who arrived in the Philippines capital, Manila from Dubai on June 19, has been tested positive for the virus.

    According to the DOH, the patient was referred to local hospital on Saturday as soon as the symptoms of the disease emerged.

    Another person who had a contact with the infected foreign citizens was also put in isolation unit, according to the DOH.

    The first case discovered in the Philippines was of a 32-year-old Filipina nurse, who worked in Saudi Arabia. She underwent a diagnostic test in February that showed a positive result. The woman no longer has fever and is in stable condition.

    MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by the MERS-coronavirus. The infection was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and subsequently spread to other countries.

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