A FOUR-YEAR-OLD child in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental died of suspected meningococcemia.
E.B. Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon said that based on the information that he got from Barangay Tanza Captain Leah Beri, the victim died in a hospital on June 12 at about 8 p.m.
"I immediately ask our municipal doctor to attend to the case and the victim was immediately buried yesterday at the municipal cemetery," the mayor said.
E.B. Municipal Health Officer Edmundo Janeo said that based on the death certificate issued by the hospital, the four-year-old girl died of septic shock/meningococcemia and that the hospital has already got a specimen from the child for the laboratory test to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
He said that the victim had sudden fever and rashes and was brought to the hospital on June 11.
He also said that the hospital has also already given Prophylaxis (preventive treatment) to the grandmother of the child who has direct contact with the victim before she died.
Janeo also said that the Barangay Health Workers of Tanza were already instructed to conduct monitoring on the family of the victim and were advised to immediately report to health authorities in case any member of the family will have a fever.
He also assured the residents of the barangay not to worry because contamination of meningococcemia is only through direct contact with the patient.
Symptoms of meningococcemia, bloodstream infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, include fever, general aches and rashes. These may soon complicate resulting to shock, multiple organ failures, lack of circulation to extremities and death.
Recently, a 56-year-old woman from Bago City also died of suspected meningococcemia but laboratory result showed that she was negative of the virus.