DOH: San Fernando village not quarantined

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon clarified Monday that Barangay San Isidro in this city is not under quarantine.

This, after a four-month old baby from the said barangay was reportedly discovered with symptoms of meningococcemia virus.

DOH-Central Luzon Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head Jessie Fantone said there is no need to put the community under quarantine as meningococcemia is not an air-borne disease.

"It is a wrong perception. Meningococcemia is not contagious. Kung makahawa man, it is person-to-person contact," he stressed.

Fantone also clarified that the victim was not really diagnosed as virus positive.

"Suspect lang siya kasi hindi naman na-check yung specimen niya. Pagkarating niya sa JBL [Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital], dead on arrival na," he said.

According to him, the reports were based on the parents' statement of the baby's condition, which attributed to the disease's case definition.

But to assure the safety of the victim's family, they were immediately given prevention medicines such as prophylaxis, refampicin and penicillin.

Meanwhile, residents from the said village continue to call the attention of authorities for fear of acquiring the disease.

According to them, the victim, which was laid in state for some three days in their home before being buried, might have spread the virus.

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