- A circulating text message claimed that a case of “SARS” has been reported in a clinic at the Shangri-La Plaza
- The post also mentioned that the people should avoid going to the Shangri-La Plaza because of the suspected SARS case
- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and just misleading the public
- The Department of Health (DOH) has debunked the claim and assured the Filipinos about the alleged SARS outbreak
A chain message has been spreading around even on social media after claiming that a case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was reported in a clinic at the Shangri-La Plaza.
However, KAMI learned that the content of the text message was false and misleading the public.
In a report by Rappler, the text message mentioned that an insider knew the information and that the mall’s management did not want to disclose it to the public.
"From a friend: Just have an info huhu may friend si papa na doctor sa Healthway Shangri-La tinawagan siya just now... AVOID GOING DAW MUNA SA EDSA SHANG MALL. Nagkapatient siya this morning galing from business trip from China. Nagpacheck up then meron SARS huhu so super contagious daw even Healthway reported it sa admin ng Shang,” it read in the text message.
“Now ayaw ilabas publicly pero pinapalinis ng Shang buong 5th floor near Healthway. But sabi ng doctor it can be passed on by simply sa nahawakan na buttons sa elevator, doorknobs, and other things. As per the doctor na friend ni papa wala daw mask 'yung patient niya kanina 'cause he didn't know na SARS, so possibly via air pwede din,” he added.
Meanwhile, on January 14, the Department of Health has denied the claim. The agency assured the public that there is no reported case of SARS in the Philippines as of posting time.
“DOH assures the public that there is no reported case of SARS in the country and there is no reason for panic,” it read in the Facebook post.
Healthway Medical also released an advisory and debunked the claim.
“A certain individual is claiming that there is a confirmed SARS patient from China that was seen by a Healthway doctor. Please be advised that this is fake news,” it read.
“There has been no reported case of SARS in any Healthway clinic including Shangri-La branch,” it added.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS was first identified in 2003. It is an epidemic that was thought to be an animal virus that first infected humans in China in 2002.
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