AMID ER SHUTDOWN | DOH assures: There is no meningo outbreak

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JANUARY 11, 2019 – The Department of Health assures the public that there is no outbreak of meningococcemia after it announced its first two confirmed cases of the disease for 2019.

Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said cases of meningococcemia are common in the country and therefore not a cause for alarm.

“Hindi naman natin tinatawag na outbreak kasi normal naman sa Pilipinas nagkakaroon ng cases ng meningococcemia, usually about 200 cases a year. Paisa-isang kaso lang ito, nakakatakot lang kasi kapag kumalat siya within a community.” said Domingo.

The Health Department’s announcement came after reports that the emergency room of Novaliches District Hospital in Quezon City was temporarily shutdown after receiving a an 11-year-old patient who was positive with the disease.

He was, then eventually transferred to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, wherein another meningococcemia patient is also under treatment.

Domingo clarifies that the shutdown of the Novaliches District Hospital’s emergency room is only normal as they needed to disinfect the place. Preventive antiobiotic were likewise given to those exposed to the patient.

“The earlier na mabigyan ng antibiotic the better. Symptoms ay lagnat, sakit ng ulo, sore throat, mabigat na katawan, at may rash. Lumalaki at kumakalat na parang pasa.” said Domingo.

Meningococcemia is caused by the neisseria meningitidis bacteria and can be passed on by coughing and sneezing.