Filipino nurse thought to have MERS virus did not

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Health officials say the Filipino nurse who was thought to have contracted Middle East respiratory syndrome in Saudi Arabia actually didn't have the virus from the start.

Department of Health spokesman Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said Friday attempts to trace all the nurse's fellow passengers from Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 870 and Cebu Pacific Flight 997 have been ordered stopped.

The woman was put under quarantine last week based on the initial test results, but the health department spokesman says confirmatory tests came back negative. The Saudi hospital where the nurse worked also clarified that their tests showed she was free of the virus.

The negative result means the Philippines has had just one case of MERS, which has mostly occurred in Saudi Arabia.

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