MANILA - The Department of Health on Tuesday tagged as “fake” a circulating message regarding a supposed case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) at a health clinic in Metro Manila.
There is no reason to panic because there is no SARS case in the country, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said.
"We’ve verified and called the clinic. Pumunta na rin yung ating epidemiology surveillance officers and there is no truth to the story na may SARS patient dito sa Pilipinas," he said.
(Our epidemiology surveillance officers went to the clinic where the patient was and found that there is no truth to the story that there is a SARS patient in the Philippines.)
First identified in 2003, SARS is a serious form of pneumonia that spreads by close person-to-person contact.
China earlier said the "mysterious virus" that was spreading across its borders was not linked to SARS.