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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012

2-yr. old dies of meningo; 39 others put under surveillance

by Venus H. Sarmiento

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan, Jan. 12 (PIA) -– A two-year old girl died of meningococcemia in barangay Bolaoit, prompting the Provincial Health Office to put 39 others, who had direct contact with the victim, under surveillance.

On account of the victim’s mother, the family hosted a party on January 1 attended by relatives and friends. That time, the child was already ill and feverish.

Dr. Marlo De Guzman, municipal health officer, said the child was brought to the municipal health office on January 2 at about 9:30 in the morning.

“That time, the child had fever and had developed rashes so I immediately sent the patient to the Region I Medical Center where several tests were conducted,” De Guzman said.

The child died at the hospital in the morning of January 3.

De Guzman said results of the Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) culture and blood culture of the patient, which he received on January 5, were positive of Neisseria Meningitidis, the bacteria that causes meningococcemia.

Immediately after the results were known, the Provincial Health Office dispatched its surveillance team to monitor the people who came in close contact with the victim. The team identified 39 people who were put under surveillance.

After a week, the team reported that the people under surveillance did not manifest any sign or symptoms of the killer disease.

“Wala nang dapat ikabahala (There is no more cause to worry)," Provincial Health Officer Anna Theresa De Guzman said.

Meningo, she said, is likely to occur during cold weather among children and young adults and can be transferred through direct contact with patients like coughing, sneezing and discharges from the throat or nose.

She advised the public to refrain from going to crowded places and sharing utensils and to always practice healthy lifestyle.

The health office also advised the authorities at the Bolaoit Elementary school not to suspend classes even if the brothers and sisters of the patient attend classes in the said school. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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