• Reuters


The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) corona virus Monday in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila from Dubai on June 19.

The man was admitted to a government hospital Saturday, and was under observation, Health Ministry spokesman Lyndon Lee-suy said, adding that contact tracing was now underway to prevent the spread of the disease.

The man had also traveled to Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said. His condition was improving and there was no known transmission to the community.

The Philippines’ first case, discovered in January, was a Filipino nurse working in Saudi Arabia who survived the disease.