‘No confirmed meningo case’ in Cebu

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


ONE of the patients from Danao City suspected of suffering from meningococcemia is confined in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

The patient is waiting for results of the lab test.

Another patient died last Aug. 16.

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Danao City and provincial health officials have undertaken precautionary measures with both patients’ families and co-workers to contain the disease.

‘Not an outbreak’

“It is not an outbreak. Precautionary measures are already initiated,” said Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.

She clarified that the one who died was tested in a clinic and not in the hospital.

Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the patients’ identities.

“He (The fatality) lived in Barangay Guinacot. His family and co-workers have been identified, contacted and met by our city health doctors. They also made a pulong-pulong in the community last Wednesday,” Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III said in a text message.

Dr. Eric Echavez, assistant city health officer, said there were no laboratory tests confirming that both patients are stricken with meningococcemia.

He said they’ve already traced all the people both patients had made contact with and gave them preventive medicine.

They included employees at the Danao City Health Office and Danao City Hall where the patients initially sought help

Magpale said she directed Provincial Health Officer Head Cynthia Genosolango to coordinate with her counterparts in Danao City.

According to Medicinenet.com, meningococcemia is a bloodstream infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. Neisseria meningitides is a contagious bacterium and is spread via respiratory secretions. Early treatment, with intravenous antibiotics within two weeks of exposure, reduces the risk of complications.

Symptoms include fever, general aches and rashes. These may soon complicate resulting to shock, multiple organ failure, lack of circulation to extremities and death.

Vaccination is also recommended for people with infected relatives and those in high-risk areas.

Sun.Star Cebu tried to contact Renan Cimafranca, regional epidemiologist, to no avail. (OCP)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 24, 2014.

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